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Trial opens into Moscow jet crash that killed French oil boss

Former driver of a snowplough at Vnukovo airport Vladimir Martynenko (front R), the head engineer of the airport service Vladimir Ledenev (front L) and the airport's dispatcher Aleksandr Kruglov (C back) attend a hearing in MoscowRussia on Thursday opened a trial over the 2014 death of the head of French oil giant Total when his jet collided with a snowplough on takeoff from a Moscow airport. Christophe de Margerie was killed along with two pilots and a flight attendant when his private Falcon jet crashed into a snowplough at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport on the night of October 20, 2014. Three air traffic controllers as well as the snowplough driver and the engineer in charge of his shift are charged with breaching safety rules and causing multiple deaths through negligence — offences that are punishable by up to seven years in jail.

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