Olivier Dassault Dies in Helicopter Crash

French aviation scion, Olivier Dassault, has died in a helicopter crash in France. The 69-year-old was the son of Serge Dassault, French billionaire, businessman and politician who had been the chairman and chief executive officer of Dassault Group.

Olivier Dassault served in several executive roles at Dassault during his lifetime including chairman of the supervisory board of Dassault Group, but resigned when elected to the French Parliament to avoid any conflict of interest. He was elected in 2002 to France’s lower house of parliament, the National Assembly.

“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,” said French President Emanuel Macron in Tweet.

The pilot of the helicopter was also killed in the crash – they were the only people onboard.

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