MOSCOW: ‘ CEO OF FRENCH OIL CORPORATION KILLED WHEN HIS PRIVATE JET HIT A SNOW PLOUGH ON TAKE-OFF’

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – October 21 – The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plough as it was taking off from Moscow’s Vnukovo airport on Monday night.

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CEO OF FRENCH OIL CORPORATION KILLED WHEN HIS PRIVATE JET HIT A SNOW PLOUGH ON TAKE-OFF’

De Margerie’s death leaves a void at the top of one of the world’s biggest listed oil firms at a difficult time for the industry as oil prices fall and state-backed competitors keep them out of some of the best oil exploration territory.

The collision occurred minutes before midnight Moscow time as de Margerie’s Dassault Falcon jet was taking off for Paris.

Russia’s Investigative Committee said the driver of the snow plough 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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