Air traffic controller to remain in pre-trial detention over Total plane crash
MOSCOW, November 24 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court on Monday upheld the detention of Vnukovo air traffic controller Alexander Kruglov charged in the criminal case over Total CEO Cristophe de Margerie’s death, RAPSI reports from the courtroom.
The court dismissed an appeal filed by Kruglov’s defense. Kruglov will stay in jail until December 21.
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.
Russian authorities have also detained until December 21 airport engineer Vladimir Ledenev, and snowplow driver Vladimir Martynenko. Air traffic control trainee Svetlana Krivsun and flight supervisor Roman Dunaev have been placed under house arrest.
All 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.
All defendants have pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them.