Total’s Chairman & CEO Christophe de Margerie dies in Moscow plane crash
According to media report, the CEO of France’s oil and gas giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, was among four people killed in a business plane crash at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow after the aircraft hit a snowplow on take-off.
The driver of the snow plough was drunk, according to Russian investigators.
Mr de Margerie, 63, had been chief executive of Europe’s third largest oil company since 2007. He was highly regarded within the oil industry.
Total confirms with deep regret and great sadness that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died just after 10pm (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.
“A Falcon airplane that was en route from Moscow to Paris collided with a snowplow while the jet was preparing to take off. The plane caught fire after the collision and all the people onboard – including a passenger and three crew members – died,” Krylova said.
Total is one of the biggest foreign investors in Russia and is planning to double its output from the country by 2020.
An investigation is now under way.