Death of Total CEO: new investigation in France underway
MOSCOW, November 18 (RAPSI) – Paris Prosecutor’s Office has opened a new investigation into the death of Total CEO Cristophe de Margerie, AFP reports on Tuesday .
A criminal case on the charges of manslaughter was initiated in France right after the incident in Vnukovo airport in October, and was given to the transport police.
Parisian Prosecutor’s Office opened a new case, delegated to two judicial investigators with more power than the police investigators. The judicial investigation can call on witnesses, and forward the case to court to initiate a trial.
Total CEO Christophe de Margerie died in the crash of his Falcon private jet on the evening of October 23 at Moscow's 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.
Russian authorities have since detained the head engineer, snowplow driver, air traffic control trainee and her supervisor.
All four employees of the airport stand accused of violation of air traffic rules which resulted in death of two and more people. They face up to seven years in prison each.