- Oliver Dassault, a French lawmaker, has lost his life to a helicopter crash
- The fatal accident happened on Sunday, March 7, in Deauville
- Dassault, before his sudden death, was considered the 361st richest man on earth
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Sunday, March 7, was indeed a sad day for France as one of its billionaires who is also a member of parliament, Oliver Dassault (69-year-old), has been reported dead.
According to the BBC, Dassault lost his life in a helicopter crash around Deauville, the north-western part of the nation.
Lamenting over the tragedy, President Emmanuel Macron described late Dassault as one who loved his country, adding that his death is indeed a great loss.
On his Twitter page, Macron wrote of the deceased:
"Olivier Dassault loved France. Captain of industry, lawmaker, local elected official, reserve commander in the air force: during his life, he never ceased to serve our country, to value its assets. His sudden death is a great loss."
Elected into France's National Assembly to represent the Oise part of northern France in 2002, Dassault rose to become the 361st wealthiest man in the world - worth not less than €6.3bn ($7.3bn; £5.2bn).
Meanwhile, Nigeria was on Sunday, February 21, plunged into tears following the tragic crash of the Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft, leading to the death of seven personnel of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
The military plane crashlanded at the Abuja airport after experiencing an engine failure on way to Minna, Niger state.
The minister of aviation Hadi Sirika, who first announced the plane crash in a tweet, called for calm but was unsure of the casualties.
However, in a statement released after the incident by Air Vice-Marshal Ibikunle Daramola, NAF the director of public relation and information, all the officers on the plane died.
Ibikunle said the chief of air staff, Air Vice-Marshal I O Amao, has ordered an investigation into this tragic development as he commiserated with the families of the deceased.
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