Trainee air traffic controller indicted in Total CEO plane crash, says Investigative Committee

The investigation has indicted trainee air traffic controller Svetlana Krivsun in the criminal case concerning the crash of a Dassault Falcon 50 aircraft at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport.

Svetlana Krivsun. Source: TASS

The investigation has indicted trainee air traffic controller Svetlana Krivsun in the criminal case concerning the crash of a Dassault Falcon 50 aircraft at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport.

"Trainee air traffic controller Svetlana Krivsun was indicted today for committing a crime covered by Russian Criminal Code Article 263 Part 3 (violation of aircraft safe operation rules involving the deaths of two or more people through carelessness). She has been questioned as a defendant," Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax on Wednesday.

The Investigative Committee earlier detained chief airfield service engineer Vladimir Ledenev, flight operations officer Roman Dunayev, air traffic controller Alexander Kruglov, and snowplow driver Vladimir Martynenko, Markin said.

"The investigation into the criminal case is continuing," he said.

It was reported earlier that a Falcon aircraft collided with a snowplow while taking off at Vnukovo in the early hours of October 21. The crash killed four people on board the plane, including Total oil company CEO Christophe de Margerie.

Moscow's Basmanny Court ruled on October 24 to take Kruglov and Ledenev into custody at least until December 21 and placed Dunayev and Krivsun under house arrest until the same date. The investigation believes "Ledenev was in charge of the snow-clearing work and Dunayev, Krivsun and Kruglov of air traffic on the day of the crash." All of them are suspected of "failing to ensure the observance of flight and ground work safety requirements, which led to the tragedy," the Investigative Committee said.

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