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Russian investigators probe wreckage of French oil executive's plane

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 00:41

Russian investigators are inspecting the crash scene at Moscow's Vnukovo airport where a business jet collided with a snowplow killing Total CEO Christophe de Margerie. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (no reporter narration) The chief executive of French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his business jet collided with a snow plough during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, the company and airport officials said. The collision occurred late on Monday, just minutes before midnight Moscow time, the airport said in a statement. The Dassault Falcon business jet carrying de Margerie had been due to travel to Paris. "Total confirms with deep regret and great sadness that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died just after 10 p.m. (Paris time) on October 20 in a private plane crash at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow, following a collision with a snow removal machine," the company said in a statement. Russia's Investigative Committee said the driver of the snow plow had been drunk and that a criminal investigation had been launched. The plane's three crew also died, said Total. The airport said visibility was 350 meters (1,150 feet) at the time of the crash.

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Russian investigators probe wreckage of French oil executive's plane

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 00:41