The former chief designer for the Soviet Ilyushin aircraft-construction firm has died at the age of 93.
The April 28 passing of engineer Genrikh Novozhilov was reported by former Ilyushin General Director Aleksei Rogozin in a post on social media the same day.
No other details about Novozhilov's death were immediately reported.
Novozhilov played a key role in the development of the Il-18, Il-62, Il-76, and Il-96 Soviet passenger jets. A specially modified version of the Il-96 is the Russian presidential aircraft.
Novozhilov was born in Moscow in 1925. He began working for Ilyushin in 1949.
In 1986, he was made a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party. He was twice awarded the Hero of Socialist Labor award.
He was a member of the Soviet and Russian academies of science.
The RIA Novosti agency reported that his funeral would be held on May 2 or May 3.
Legendary Soviet Aircraft Designer Novozhilov Dies, Aged 93
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