German politician Karen Strenz dies after crashing on a plane | Germany

A lawmaker from Angela Merkel’s party died after she fell on a plane during a flight home Germany.

Karen Strenz, 53, was traveling from Cuba Eckhart Rieberg, a member of parliament from the center-right CDU, said she was with her husband, according to the German news agency (DPA).

The plane made an emergency landing on Ireland On Sunday, Reheberg said rescuers were unable to save Strenz. It was not clear the cause of death or the reason for her visit to Cuba.

The German parliament, the Bundestag, said on Monday that she has not traveled on an official parliamentary mission.

Schwerin prosecutors said they have opened an investigation to determine the cause of death, which is standard practice in such cases, and will seek help from Ireland. They said they expected an autopsy to be held in Ireland.

Strenz has been a member of the German Parliament since 2009, representing a constituency in the northwestern Mecklenburg-Pomerania state.

She was not planning to be re-elected in the September 26 elections in Germany. Early last year, Strens and another lawmaker were targeted in raids by prosecutors investigating alleged remittances from Azerbaijan.

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