British Composer Jonathan Goldstein, His BBC Proms Star Wife, and Seven-Month-Old Daughter Killed After Plane Crashes in Swiss Alps


An award-winning composer, his musician wife and their baby daughter have been killed when the private plane he was flying crashed in the Alps on their family holiday.
Investigators are searching the wreckage to determine the cause of the crash in which Jonathan and Hannah Goldstein and their seven-month-old daughter Saskia died.

Mr Goldstein, 50, an experienced amateur pilot, was flying the single-engine Piper Arrow IV when it crashed in the Simplon Pass in Switzerland 90 minutes after take off.

The plane, en route to Italy, struck the mountainside at an altitude of 6,100 feet at about 10.30am on Sunday. The Goldsteins had set off from London on Saturday and had stopped first in Troyes in France before making a second stop in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The couple, who lived in central London, had married three years ago and their daughter Saskia – to whom they were devoted – was born at the start of the year.

In a statement, their relatives said: “We are all devastated by the news of Jonathan, Hannah and Saskia’s deaths. We loved them all so very much. They were so happy together and we will miss them terribly.”

A family friend said: “They were an absolutely lovely, beautiful, talented couple. They met through music and they were devoted to each other and to Saskia.”

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SOURCE: The Telegraph, Robert Mendick, Nick Squires, and Lauren Valensky