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Old 10-21-2014, 03:27 PM   #1
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Wow! Very sad news to hear from moscow. Condolences to his family and the crew's family/loved ones. Something tells me that this person/snowplow driver will not have access to anymore alcohol!

MOSCOW - The CEO of French oil giant Total SA was killed at a Moscow airport when his corporate jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday.

Total confirmed "with deep regret and sadness" that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died in the crash at Moscow's Vnukoko airport.
The three other people on board, all of them French crew members, also died when the French-made Dassault Falcon 50 crashed into the snowplow on takeoff at 11:57 p.m. Monday.

The driver, who airport officials said was not hurt, was operating the snowplow under the influence of alcohol, said Vladimir Markin, spokesman for the Investigative Committee, Russia's main investigative agency.

De Margerie, 63, was a regular fixture at international economic
gatherings and one of the French business community's most outspoken and recognizable figures, with his trademark silver moustache.
He was a vocal critic of sanctions against Russia, arguing that isolating Russia was bad for the global economy. He travelled regularly to Russia and recently dined in Paris with a Putin ally who is under EU sanctions.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended his condolences, his spokesman said.

"Vladimir Putin had known de Margerie for a long time and had maintained close working contact with him," Dmitry Peskov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying. "The president highly valued the business qualities of de Margerie, as well as his staunch commitment both to the cause of promoting Russian-French relations and their mutually beneficial diverse co-operation in general."

French President Francois Hollande expressed his "stupor and sadness" at the news. In a statement, Hollande praised de Margerie for defending French industry on the global stage, and for his "independent character and original personality."

De Margerie had risen through the ranks at Total to become CEO in 2007, and added the post of chairman in 2010.
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So the Russians say.
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So this was a drunk driving accident involving a plane.
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How does a drunk tractor driver incident somehow come back around to Russian politics ?

And no offence but I feel for the 3 other employees on board but not the CEO, he should have brought a bigger jet
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Old 10-22-2014, 01:01 PM   #5
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The driver, who airport officials said was not hurt,

Hmmm. I think he's going to be in a lot of hurt. No need to go to the hospital, just send him straight to a Siberian Jail along with his supervisor (who must have known he was always drinking on the job).

The Total CEO was a close friend of Mr.Putin, and when Putin got the call from the airport of what happened to his business/personal friend of many years; I can bet that Putin will make sure this snow plow driver's life will now be decided in Siberia. I applaud Mr.Putin for acting swiftly in this matter, no need to take him and his supervisor to court to face any charges. Here is your 1 way train ticket to a Siberian jail.

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Old 10-23-2014, 04:37 PM   #6
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Looks like I was wrong, there are more airport heads to roll connected to this crash. Mr. Putin is really pissed and I am impressed that he's making examples of these guys. The replacements are going to have an interesting time transitioning into these newly available positions at the airport.

A snowplow driver who's been blamed by Russian authorities for a plane crash that killed the chief executive of the oil company Total has been sent to pretrial detention, his lawyer said Thursday.

Snowplow driver Vladimir Martynenko has denied claims by Russian officials that he was drunk at the time of the crash Monday at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport.
Total CEO Christophe de Margerie and three others were killed after his plane hit the snowplow during takeoff and crashed.

Four other airport employees have also been detained in connection with the crash, a Russian investigative committee said earlier.






Total CEO death 'shocks' oil industry
They are: the airport service chief engineer, Vladimir Ledenev, who's in charge of snow-clearing operations; flights director Roman Dunayev; air traffic controller Svetlana Krivsun; and the airport's chief air traffic controller, Alexander Kruglov.
"Investigators believe the detained persons failed to provide safety requirements concerning flights and on-ground works and it led to the tragedy," a statement from the investigative committee said. "They have been detained and questioned as suspects in the case."

Amid the fallout from the incident, the airport's director general, Andrei Dyakov, and deputy director general Sergei Solntsev have resigned, the airport said in a statement Thursday. Their resignations have been accepted.

The airport's shift director, the head of the airport's maintenance division and the leading engineer who heads the shift have been suspended from duties.
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Martynenko's lawyer, Aleksandr Karabanov, told CNN that a court decided Thursday to place him in detention.
"The judge explained her decision, saying that the court decided that Martynenko could escape, put pressure on trial participants or destroy the evidence," Karabanov said.

He said the judge had also introduced a doctor's certificate with results of a preliminary medical examination.

She said that according to that data, Martynenko was found to be drunk, but the final results would be known and announced in five to seven days.

"I found it's ridiculous and it makes no sense," Karabanov said. "During that medical examination, Martynenko had a blood test that would show whether there was alcohol in his blood. It always takes only a day or two to get the results. Why are we still not given any?"
He said he was convinced his client was sober at the time.

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Karabanov said at a news conference Wednesday that Martynenko had passed a daily "medical examination" that all snowplow operators at the airport are required to take before reporting for duty.
The lawyer said the results of the test were recorded in a log book that investigators now have.

According to the lawyer, Martynenko became separated from a convoy of snowplows after he heard a strange sound and stopped briefly to check his equipment.
The lawyer speculated that an unnamed air traffic controller saw the other snowplows in the convoy and cleared the runway without realizing that Martynenko's machine was still there.
The French government has deployed three investigators and two technical consultants from its aviation authority to also investigate the crash.

Full article and video here:
Snowplow driver held in Moscow over Total plane crash - CNN.com
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How does a drunk tractor driver incident somehow come back around to Russian politics ?

And no offence but I feel for the 3 other employees on board but not the CEO, he should have brought a bigger jet
Really, really stupid comment but something to be expected on this site as the quality of it's users continues to decline.
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Looks like I was wrong, there are more airport heads to roll connected to this crash. Mr. Putin is really pissed and I am impressed that he's making examples of these guys.
This oil executive that was killed was a good friend of Putin and a vocal critic of the sanctions. Yes, Mr. Putin is going to be really pissed.
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:38 PM   #9
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This oil executive that was killed was a good friend of Putin and a vocal critic of the sanctions. Yes, Mr. Putin is going to be really pissed.
Agree with you on that. That's why Putin has cleaned house (airport bosses got off lucky and were only transferred to a very, very remote Siberian airport along with their families).
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