German internet entrepreneur killed in plane crash

BERLIN – Thomas Wagner, the founder and manager of German internet company Unister, which operates popular travel websites, has been killed in a plane crash in Slovenia.

Unister said the 38-year-old Wagner was among the four people killed in Wednesday’s crash. The U.S.-registered Piper 32, which was flying from Venice, Italy, to to the German city of Leipzig, came down in western Slovenia. Slovenian air traffic control has said the pilot reported problems with icing before the aircraft disappeared from the radar.

Wagner founded Leipzig-based Unister in 2002. The company, which operates German vacation-booking sites and, now has some 1,200 employees.

The company said it will name a successor soon.