MP Olivier Dassault dies in a helicopter accident: investigation into manslaughter initiated

The essentials Deputy Olivier Dassault, son of Serge Dassault, died this Sunday, March 7th, around 6:00 p.m. when his helicopter crashed near Deauville in Calvados. He was 69 years old. Prosecutors announced that they had opened a judicial investigation into manslaughter.

Oise LR MP Olivier Dassault died this Sunday March 7th at the age of 69. The parliamentarian was killed in a helicopter crash in Touques near Deauville. He was the son and grandson of the industrialists Serge and Marcel Dassault.

The plane took off from privately owned in the late afternoon. The pilot also died in the accident.

Olivier Dassault loved France. Captain of the industry, deputy, elected locally, reserve commander of the Air Force: in his whole life he has never stopped serving our country in order to develop his fortune. His sudden death is a great loss. Thoughts of his family and loved ones.

– Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) March 7, 2021

The public prosecutor’s office in Lisieux in Calvados confiscated the investigation department of the aviation gendarmerie and announced that they had opened a judicial investigation into manslaughter. “We’re opening a judicial investigation into manslaughter. I’m there, it’s dark. Technical investigations won’t start until tomorrow. We are taking action on the bodies,” said Delphine Mienniel, Lisieux prosecutor.

“I think of his family and loved ones who must be in terrible pain,” said National Assembly President Richard Ferrand to Cnews. Many right-wing figures also paid tribute to the man who was one of France’s greatest fortunes. “Our region is losing a great servant,” tweeted Xavier Bertrand, President (ex-LR) of Hauts-de-France.

Deeply saddened by @ ODassault’s accidental death. MP, industrialist, press representative, photographer, composer … He had several lifetimes as a lover of life. Our region is losing a great servant. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/PbdNrx6I1O

– Xavier Bertrand (@xavierbertrand) March 7, 2021

“Great sadness at the news of the sudden disappearance of Olivier Dassault. The entrepreneur, but also a renowned photographer, had a passion for politics in his blood that was anchored in his department at Oise,” said Valérie Pécresse, President (Libres!) Von the Ile-de-France region.

Great sadness at the news of the brutal disappearance of Olivier Dassault. As a businessman, but also as a renowned photographer, he had a passion for politics in his blood that was rooted in his department in Oise. My heartfelt thoughts to his family https://t.co/RoBP0CphI7

– Valérie Pécresse (@vpecresse) March 7, 2021