Updated 01:51 a.m. Moscow time.
MOSCOW, October 23 (RIA Novosti) - Four Vnukovo Airport employees have been arrested as suspects in connection with the aircraft crash with Total CEO Christophe de Margerie, Russian Investigative Committee Spokesperson Vladimir Markin said early on Thursday.
"Leading engineer of Vnukovo Airport's aerodrome service Vladimir Ledenev, who was heading the snow-removing work, the chief of Vnukovo Airport flights Roman Dunayev, Vnukovo Airport manager-trainee Svetlana Krivsun, Vnukovo Airport manager Aleksander Kruglov, who was leading the air traffic at the time of the crash, have been arrested," Markin stated.
The arrested have been questioned in the capacity as suspects, Markin noted.
The investigators think that the mentioned employees did not observe the security requirements of the flights and that they failed to conduct ground checks, which later led to a tragedy.
Total CEO Christophe de Margerie died in the crash of a Falcon 50 business jet late Monday night at Vnukovo-3 Airport. The incident happened when the aircraft, which was to fly to Paris, hit a snow removal vehicle when taking off. De Margerie was the only passenger on board along with three crew members, also French citizens. The crew also died in the crash.