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Russia charges second air traffic controller over Total boss’s deadly plane crash

The late Total boss Christophe de Margerie
The late Total boss Christophe de Margerie AFP/Torsten Blackwood

A second air traffic controller has been charged in connection with the crash that killed Total boss Christophe de Margerie, along with two pilots and a flight attendant. Four airport workers have now been accused of responsibility for the accident in Moscow on 20 October.


Aleksander Krouglov was charged with violations of security rules that led to the death of at least two people, Russian investigators announced on Thursday.

Krouglov is the supervisor of Svetlana Krivsoun, the controller responsible for the take-off of Margerie’s plane who was charged on Wednesday.

The pair could face up to five years in prison if found guilty.

Police had already detained Vladimir Martynenko, the driver of the snow-plough with which the plane collided, and his boss, Vladimir Ledeniov.

Martynenko was found to have 0.6 grammes of alcohol in his blood.

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