Updated 7:21 p.m. Moscow Time
MOSCOW, October 23 (RIA Novosti) – The on-site investigation of the French business jet crash at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport is over, all fragments of the plane have been collected, a senior official with the Moscow-based Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) said Thursday.
“At the moment, the commission has on-site stage of investigation is nearing its end. All airframe fragments have been collected on the site of the crash,” said MAK First Deputy Head Sergei Zaiko said.
The investigator added that the fragments of the French aircraft's hull and fuel particles, collected from the site, will be thoroughly analyzed.
A Falcon 50 business jet departing for Paris crashed late Monday night at Moscow's Vnukovo-3 Airport after hitting a snowplow during takeoff. None of the four people on board, including Total CEO Christophe de Margerie and three crew members, survived in the crash.
Russia's Investigative Committee is considering two main possibilities as to the cause of the crash – a traffic control mistake and the actions of the snowplow driver.