Total has confirmed today that its Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died just after 10pm (Paris time) on October 20 in a private plane crash at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow, following a collision with a snow removal machine.
Four people were found dead at the scene of the accident, including three crew member and Christophe de Margerie.
According to reports, the plane hit a snow plow while attempting to take off. As the pilot attempted to turn back and land, the plane crashed in a fireball. The driver of the snow plow was alleged to be drunk at the time.
De Margerie had worked at Total since 1974. He became head of Middle East operations in 1995, then boss of exploration and production in 2002. He served as CEO since 2007.
Total stated on its website:
The thoughts of the management and employees of the Group go out to Christophe de Margerie’s wife, children and loved ones as well as to the families of the three other victims.