Snowplough driver ‘didn’t see jet’

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Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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The snowplough driver that apparently caused the plane carrying the Total CEO to crash at a Russian airport claims he neither saw nor heard the private jet as it sped toward him down the runway in the dark.

The aircraft clipped the snowplough on take off at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport late on Monday and crashed, bursting into flames and killing Total chief executive Christophe de Margerie and the three crew members on board.

Investigators have detained the snowplough driver, who they say was drinking on the job. His lawyer, however, denies this.

Television reports showed footage of the driver, Vladimir Martynenko, being questioned.

He said he did not notice that he had strayed onto the runway, nor hear the plane over the noise of the snowplough, or see any lights.

Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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