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Thursday 19th September 2019

BBC Proms star and composer husband killed alongside baby in plane crash

They were flying over the Swiss Alps

A BBC Proms saxophonist and her award-winning composer husband have reportedly died alongside their baby in a horror plane crash.

Hannah Goldstein, Jonathan Goldstein and their child were flying between Switzerland and Italy on Sunday (25.08.19) when their Piper plane plummeted from the sky over the Swiss Alps.

The aircraft, which they were piloting, crashed into the Simplon Pass near the border with Italy.

They were flying between Switzerland and Italy (Credit: Hannah Goldstein / Facebook)

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Valais police said the plane went down just under one hour after setting off that morning.

As reported by MailOnline, a spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: "Our staff are assisting the relatives of a British family who died in a plane accident in western Switzerland and are also in contact with the local authorities."

Saxophonist Hannah, who performed under the surname Marcinowicz, was a regular at the BBC Proms, having previously performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Hannah was a celebrated saxophonist (Credit: Hannah Marcinowicz / YouTube)

Her husband, Jonathan, had worked on the soundtracks for a number of major Hollywood films, including 1991 thriller Cape Fear. In 2007, he landed the coveted Ivor Novello Award for his work on the movie Primo

Both, according to reports, were avid aviators.

He said there was a tragic accident and three of them died. After that, I don't remember what happened.

A neighbour of the couple said Hannah's father told her what had happened.

Speaking to The Mirror, she said: "I tried ringing Hannah and Jonathan but their phones weren't connecting. Hannah had given me her parents' numbers for emergency so I called her dad last night.

"I said I was sorry to ring so late as it was about 9.15pm but I couldn't find Rufus. He said there was a tragic accident and three of them died. After that, I don't remember what happened as I started crying."

Speaking further, the neighbour said she "couldn't sleep" after hearing the news and admitted she "still can't believe it".

Flight data reportedly shows the Goldsteins' plane leaving England on Saturday morning (24.08.19) and making a stop at Troyes, France, before continuing the journey through Switzerland.

The Goldsteins' plane went down in Simplon Pass (Credit: pure.passion.photography/Westend61/Cover Images)

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It then stopped over in Lausanne, a city on Lake Geneva, and took off from an airport there.

After the crash, an emergency helicopter arrived at the scene to spray water on the flaming wreckage. Emergency crews later recovered the bodies.

The cause of the crash is not yet known.

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