Published On: Tue, Oct 21st, 2014

Russian Investigators: Snow Plough Driver in Total CEO Plane Crash Was Drunk

Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport

The driver of a snow plough involved in a deadly plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, in a Moscow airport late on Monday, was drunk, Russia’s Investigative Committee said.

“At the moment, it is already established that the driver of the snow plough was in a condition of alcoholic intoxication, ” said Russia’s Investigative Committee, an agency which answers to President Vladimir Putin.

De Margerie was killed when a business jet collided with a snow plough during takeoff at Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport overnight, the company and airport officials said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent his condolences over the tragic death of Total’s Chief Executive Officer Christophe de Mergerie, the news agency TASS cited Kremlin’s spokesman as saying.

“Vladimir Putin has long known de Margerie, had close working relationship with him, ” TASS cited Dmitry Peskov as saying.

“The President highly appreciated de Mergerie’s business skills, his continued commitment to the development of not only bilateral Russian-French relations but also on multifaceted levels, ” Peskov said, according to TASS.

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