Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

CRASH KILLS ASDA FAMILY BILLIONAIRE; Home-Made Plane Plunges after Takeoff

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

CRASH KILLS ASDA FAMILY BILLIONAIRE; Home-Made Plane Plunges after Takeoff

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Byline: PATRICK SAWER

A BILLIONAIRE son of the founder of Wal-Mart died when his home-made plane crashed just after takeoff.

John Walton, a board member of the world's biggest retailer which includes Asda, died at the scene.

He was piloting the experimental petrol-powered aircraft close to Jackson Hole airport in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

The plane had wings wrapped in fabric similar to heavy-duty sail cloth. Mr Walton, 58, was an experienced pilot with a love of such lightweight aircraft.

His father Sam Walton created Wal-Mart and he was recently listed as 11th in the Forbes list of the world's richest people with [pounds sterling]10billion.

He shared equal ranking with his brother Jim, one place behind his brother Rob and just ahead of his sister Alice and mother Helen.

Wal-Mart, which bought the Asda chain of supermarkets in 1999, said employees across the world had been notified of the tragedy.

The cause of yesterday's crash is not yet known,

officials said. …

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