Four Vnukovo airport officials detained, questioned as suspects after de Margerie plane crash

Four officials of Moscow's Vnukovo airport have been detained and interviewed as suspects as part of a criminal inquiry opened into the October 20 crash of a Falcon plane carrying CEO of the French oil company Total Christophe de Margerie, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax.

Four officials of Moscow's Vnukovo airport have been detained and interviewed as suspects as part of a criminal inquiry opened into the October 20 crash of a Falcon plane carrying CEO of the French oil company Total Christophe de Margerie, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax.

Those detained include Vnukovo airport senior engineer Vladimir Ledevvev, who was responsible for snow-clearing operations, the airport's flight operations officer Roman Dunayev, trainee air traffic controller Svetlana Krivsun and air traffic controller Alexander Kruglov, who was on duty at the time of the air crash, Markin said.

"Investigators believe that the aforementioned persons failed to properly observe the requirements for flight safety and ground operations safety, which led to this tragedy. The detained people have been questioned as suspects," he said.

The investigation into the October 20 accident continues, he added.

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