One of the three victims of the helicopter crash that occurred on Sunday in the north of Baden-Württemberg is apparently Wolfgang Haupt, a co-founder of the start-up company Augustus Intelligence.

A spokesman for the Heilbronn police headquarters announced this to the FAZ on Wednesday: “We assume that he is among the victims.

A final DNA comparison for final clarification is still pending. ”The television station ntv had first reported on it.

The police have not yet been able to provide any information about the cause of the accident in which all three inmates died on Sunday. “The experts from the Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation are still investigating.” The Robinson R44 helicopter crashed at around 1 p.m. over a forest in Buchen - near the border with Hesse and Bavaria. According to the police and public prosecutor's office, the single-engine helicopter took off in Herzogenaurach in Central Franconia.

Augustus Intelligence, which hit the headlines in Germany mainly because of the lobbying affair of CDU MP Philipp Amthor, filed for bankruptcy at a court in Wilmington in the state of Delaware in April of this year - under American law also "Chapter 11 " called.

The Wall Street Journal had previously reported investigations by the US Securities and Exchange Commission and a "threateningly low" cash level.  

The start-up was founded in June 2018 by the Germans Wolfgang Haupt and Pascal Weinberger.

According to its own information, it specialized in technologies for artificial intelligence and face recognition.

The exact field of activity of the company, which for a long time did not have an imprint on its website, which was sparsely populated with information, remained unclear.

At the beginning of the year it became known that the MP Amthor had campaigned for the start-up from New York with a letter to Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) and had campaigned for political support.

Amthor received stock options and a director post for his efforts.

Former Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg was also a shareholder in Augustus Intelligence and is said to have campaigned for the company.

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