France initiates criminal case on death of Total’s head
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.21
Paris prosecutor's office initiated a criminal case of manslaughter in connection with the tragic death of the head of Total company Christophe de Margerie, said TASS news agency referring to AFP agency.
Earlier it was reported that the French Air Crash Investigation Bureau is sending to Moscow three experts to investigate the circumstances of the disaster.
The four-seater Falcon-300, en route from Moscow to Paris hit the snowplow, caught fire and crashed on the runway October 20, approximately at 11:57 p.m. (GMT+4 hours) Moscow time at Vnukovo-3 during takeoff, according to preliminary data.
The plane has burned completely and it was impossible to save the people, although search and rescue operations services of the airport flights were raised on the alarm.
The plane crash killed four people, including the head of Total Christophe de Margerie.
A criminal case was initiated under part 3 of the article 263 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation ("violation of safety rules and operation of the vessel of air transport, resulting in the death of two or more persons"). The article provides for up to seven years in prison.
Chairman of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin arrived at the scene. Investigators and members of the IAC are visiting area of the emergency case. Technical papers on aircraft and fuel samples from the tanker are being withdrawn. The black boxes, voice and parametric flight recorders, have already been withdrawn.
Translated by EA
Edited by CN