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Woman missed fatal Air France flight, dies in car crash

An Italian woman survived the fatal Air France flight 447 as she arrived late at the airport and missed her flight. But as fate would have it, she died in a car accident soon after.

world Updated: Jun 12, 2009 13:31 IST

An Italian woman who arrived late at the airport for the fatal Air France flight 447 has died in a car accident, according to ANSA news agency.

Johanna Ganthaler, a pensioner from the Bolzano-Bozen Province (South Tyrol, Italy) and her husband, Kirk, were on vacation in Brazil and missed flight 447 after arriving at the airport late. They were able to board a later flight and avoided being victims of the horrible crash.

The couple rented a car in Munich, Germany and decided to drive home to Italy. On their way home, while driving through Kufstein, Austria, their car ended up in the opposite lane and they had a head on collision with a truck.

The woman died at the hospital that she was taken to. Her husband is still in critical condition.

First Published: Jun 12, 2009 12:31 IST