The head of Total, Christophe de Margerie (63), died in a plane crash in Moscow

Published Oct 21, 2014
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The head of Total, Christophe de Margerie

The head of Total, Christophe de Margerie (63), died in a plane crash in Moscow, confirming Total today.

The oil company said in a statement:“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 Vnukovo airport said in a statement that the Falcon Dassault business aviation jet crashed as it prepared to take off for Paris with one passenger and three crew on board. “During run-up at 11.57pm there was a collision with the airport’s snow plough. As a result of the crash the passenger and all the crew members died.”

Four people were found dead at the scene of the accident, including three crew member and Christophe de Margerie. Also the the driver of the snow plow, according to the Russian news agency Itar Tass

Total said in September that sanctions would not stop it working on the Yamal project, a $27bn joint venture investment to tap vast natural gas reserves in north-west Siberia that aims to double Russia’s stake in the fast-growing market for liquefied natural gas.

De Margerie, 63, was on a list of attendees at a Russian government meeting on foreign investment in Gorki, near Moscow, on Monday. Hours before his death he had met the Russian prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, at his country residence outside Moscow to discuss foreign investment in Russia, the Vedomosti business daily reported


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