TV host and wife killed in fiery plane crash during emergency landing
A popular Russian TV talk show host was killed in a plane crash near Moscow today.
Alexander Koltovoy, 41, was piloting his Cessna aircraft when it appeared to catch fire while trying to make an emergency landing.
His wife, who has not been named, was also killed in the crash, according to reports.
Videos showed smoke pouring from the single-engine aircraft as it descended over a highway near Tomilino, in the Moscow Region.
Eyewitnesses saw the crashed wreckage in a field engulfed in flames.
Koltovoy hosted the "DNK" (DNA) and "Zvezdi Soshlis" (Stars Aligned) talk shows on Russia's NTV channel.
The press service of the Emergencies Ministry confirmed the death of two people as a result of the air crash.
The private aircraft performed an emergency landing near Novoryazansky highway close to Tomilino village.
Elena Markovskaya, of Moscow Transport Directorate of the Russian Investigative Committee, confirmed the single-engine plane crash.
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NTV confirmed in a statement: “Unfortunately, the information that Alexander Koltovoy and his wife were on board the crashed plane in the Moscow region was confirmed."
Koltovy's co-host Lera Kudryavtseva said: “He loved flying very much.
“He flew almost every weekend.”
Fellow presenter Yulia Sivertsova told Podyem telegram channel: “We're shocked. I don't know anything, (but) everyone has already confirmed it.”
Koltovoy was famous for a talk show where participants resolve family dramas with a genetic test.
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