Alaska heli-skiing crash kills 5 people, including Czech Republic's richest man

In this Aug. 23, 2020, photo, PPF's main shareholder Petr Kellner watches as his daughter Anna Kellnerova and horse Catch Me If You Can Old compete during the equestrian CET Prague Cup, CSIO Grand Prix, in Prague, Czech Republic.

A helicopter carrying a group on a “heli-ski” trip in the Alaskan mountains crashed, killing at least five people, including the Czech Republic’s richest person.

Only one person survived the Saturday crash about 50 miles east of Anchorage. Alaska State Troopers said they were in stable but serious condition.

The five people killed were identified as Petr Kellner, 56, and Benjamin Larochaix, 50, of the Czech Republic; Gregory Harms, 52, of Colorado; Sean McMannany, 38, of Girdwood; and pilot, Zachary Russel, 33, of Anchorage, Alaska State Troopers said.

Kellner had a net worth more than $17 billion, making him the Czech Republic’s richest man and the world’s 68th richest billionaire, according to Forbes, which tracks the world’s richest people.

“His professional life was known for his incredible work ethic and creativity, but his private life belonged to his family,” the PPF Group, an international investment company in which Kellner was a majority stakeholder, said in a statement confirming Kellner’s death.

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