Total boss killed in Moscow plane crash

2014-10-21 09:52

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Moscow – The chief executive of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport late last night when the private jet he was using struck a snowplough on takeoff.

Russian investigators said today the driver of the snow-clearing machine at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow was drunk and that his actions, along with “an error by air traffic controllers”, appeared to be to blame for the crash.

Total, Europe’s third largest oil company, confirmed the death of its 63-year-old boss and said its board would call an emergency meeting.

“Four people were found dead at the scene of the accident, including three crew members and Christophe de Margerie,” the company said.

French President Francois Hollande said he learnt of De Margerie’s death with “shock and sadness“.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls said France had lost “a great captain of industry and a patriot”. He called De Margerie “a friend” and expressed “deep sadness” at his death.

Just hours before the crash, De Margerie had met Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at his country residence outside Moscow to discuss foreign investment in Russia.

The Vnukovo airport said that the Falcon Dassault business aviation jet crashed as it prepared to take off for Paris with one passenger and three crew on board.

Moscow transport investigators said they had opened a criminal probe into breaches of aviation safety rules causing multiple deaths through negligence, which carries a maximum jail term of seven years.

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