Death of Total CEO: 23-year-old air traffic control trainee charged
MOSCOW, October 29 (RAPSI) – Russia's Investigative Committee announced on Wednesday that charges have been brought against air traffic control trainee Svetlana Krivsun, 23, in the criminal case over Total CEO Cristophe de Margerie’s death.
Krivsun was charged with violation of air traffic rules which resulted in death of two and more people. She faces up to seven years in prison.
Krivsun was placed under house arrest on Friday, October 24.
he authorities also detained the leading engineer, Vnukovo airport's flight executive officer, and Krivsun’s supervisor.
Total CEO Christophe de Margerie died in the crash of his Falcon 50 private jet on the evening of October 23 at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport along with three crew members, all French citizens. The aircraft, which was scheduled to depart to Paris, hit a snow removal vehicle during takeoff.
Svetlana Krivsun was guiding the pilots of Falcon business jet that night. Both Krivsun and her supervisor plead not guilty and say they acted according to instructions.
Other Vnukovo controllers say that their colleagues couldn’t have prevented the crash. “We can detect whether a plane is on the runway. But an automobile (the jet collided with a four wheel snow plow – ed.) would look like a dot less than a millimeter in diameter on the radar”, Vnukovo landing controller Alexander Feduleev says.