Total CEO Christophe de Margerie Killed in Russia Plane Crash

- Leadership - Oct 21, 2014

The boss of French oil giant Total has died in an accident involving his private jet in Russia. 

Christophe de Margerie, 63, was travelling to Paris when the plane collided with a snow plough at around midnight, taking the lives of all four on board. 

According to Russian investigators, the driver of the plough was drunk. 

In a statement the company said: “Total confirms with deep regret and great sadness that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died just after 10 p.m. (Paris time) on October 20 in a private plane crash at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow, following a collision with a snow removal machine.”

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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Russian President Vladimir Putin have also offered their condolences. 

De Margerie leaves Total as one of the world's energy giants, with a staunch focus on rekindling European relations with Russia, underlined by plans to double output from the country by 2020. 

The company is currently investing in the Yamal Project in Siberia, a $27 billion natural gas extraction joint venture. 

On Monday De Margerie wasat a Russian government meeting on foreign investment in Gorki, near Moscow, before the fatal incident. 

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