Seventh suspect appears in de Margerie plane crash

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal inquiry against the first deputy director of the Moscow airline hub, Alexander Povaly, over the 2014 plane crash, which killed French oil company Total CEO Christophe de Margerie, the Izvestia newspaper reported on Friday.

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal inquiry against the first deputy director of the Moscow airline hub, Alexander Povaly, over the 2014 plane crash, which killed French oil company Total CEO Christophe de Margerie, the Izvestia newspaper reported on Friday.

"I am not aware of any details of the accusations brought up against me because I have not yet met with investigators. But no one has suspended me from my work. I continue to fulfill my duties," Povaly told Izvestia.

According to the newspaper, law enforcement agencies have accused Povaly of breaching transport safety rules, leading to the death of de Margerie and three crewmembers in the plane crash, which happened at Moscow's Vnukovo airport in October 2014.

Povaly's boss, Vladimir Uzhakov, was earlier informed that he was now under criminal investigation. The investigation against Uzhakov has already been completed and his case will soon be forwarded to a court.

The Investigative Committee, however, has declined to comment on Povaly's case, Izvestia said.

It was reported that a Falcon jet collided with a snowplow on the runway while taking off at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport on the night of October 20. The crash killed four people on board, including the chief of the French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie.

Investigators believe that driver Vladimir Martynenko's snowplow strayed onto the runway, but the airport's chief engineer Vladimir Ledenev failed to see that. Other suspects - trainee air traffic controller Svetlana Krivsun and her supervisors Alexander Kruglov and Roman Dunayev - could have noticed Martynenko\'s snowplow on the runway, but they gave takeoff clearance to de Margerie's plane anyway.

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