Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.23
The general director Andrei Dyakov and a deputy general director Sergei Solntsev from Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport have resigned after the fatal crash that killed French oil giant Total's CEO earlier in the week, the airport's press service said, RIA Novosti reported.
"In line with the tragic event that occurred [late night on October 20], the following [individuals] have resigned: Vnukovo International Airport General Director Andrei Dyakov and Deputy General Director Sergei Solntsev," the statement said.
Vnukovo accepted both resignations, according to the statement.
Shift director of Vnukovo, head of the sub-unit of the airdrome maintenance, the leading engineer-head of the shift were discharged from their duties.
Dyakov, who came to work in the Vnukovo airport complex 18 years ago, became the head of the airport in 2005. Solntsev, Lieutenant General in the reserve, is a pilot-sniper and an Honored military pilot.
Total CEO Christophe de Margerie died in the crash of a Falcon 50 business jet late Monday night at Vnukovo-3 Airport. The incident happened when the aircraft, which was to fly to Paris, hit a snow removal vehicle when taking off. De Margerie was the only passenger on board along with three crew members, also French citizens. The crew also died in the crash.
Russia's Investigative Committee is considering two main possibilities as to the cause of the crash - a traffic control mistake and the actions of the snowplow driver.
A criminal case has been initiated and five people have been arrested: the snowplow driver, chief engineer of the airdrome service of the airport, the one responsible for snow removal, head of flights of the airport, dispatcher trainee and her mentor, dispatcher, who led the air traffic at the time of the crash.
Translated by EA
Edited by CN