Falcon 50 with a Russian crew of 3 and 1 French Oil Executive - departing from Vnukovo Airport Moscow - hit a snow plow on take - off. Aircraft departed - reported engine fire and fuselage damage - crashed killing all 4.
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Update - so far - aircraft departed runway 1 in 350m visibility - blowing snow - landing gear struck a snow plow - driver uninjured - aircraft did a circuit - stating engine fire and fuselage damage - upon landing - struck runway hard - gear collapsed - flipped upside down, and burned out. RIP.
CEO of France's Total dies in jet crash at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport – reports
Senior French executive dies in jet crash at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport – reports
Published time: October 20, 2014 21:14
Edited time: October 20, 2014 23:34
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The CEO of France’s oil and gas giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, was reportedly among five people killed in a business jet crash at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow after the aircraft hit a snowplow on take-off.
Total’s chairman and CEO was the only passenger in the Falcon 50 business jet besides three crewmembers, LifeNews cited a source as saying. Another source confirmed to TASS that de Margerie was the only passenger who checked in for the private flight to Paris, adding that the 3 crewmembers were also French citizens.
Total has so far not confirmed the reports of its CEO's death. “To date, I have no information that I could tell you. When and if it appears, you can get it from the press secretary or read the communiqué," a representative of the company told RIA Novosti.
During take-off at around 0:10am Moscow time on Tuesday, the light aircraft, according to preliminary data, hit a snow-clearing machine with its landing gear. Due to the damage, the pilot reportedly decided to turn back and land.
While still in the air, the plane was sending distress signals and reporting an engine fire and fuselage damage, LifeNews reports. Upon crashing on the runway, the aircraft was immediately engulfed in flames, killing everyone on board.
Debris from the aircraft was scattered up to 200 meters from the crash site, according to the rescue services. The engine was found some 50 meters from the crash site, while one of the landing gears was ripped off and discovered nearly 200 meters from the main mass of debris.
Vnukovo Airport temporarily suspended all flights following the incident, but by 2 am all operations were restored. While initials reports suggested four people died in the tragedy, officials report that five bodies were found at the crash site, one allegedly being the driver of the snow-cleaning vehicle.
“A criminal investigation has been opened into the violation of safety regulations after a light aircraft crash in the capital's Vnukovo airport,” transport official Tatyana Morozova told RIA.
An investigative group is working at the crash site, Morozova added. In addition to people who were on board the plane, she said, the driver snowplow was killed.
Seems much more likely it hit the truck and crashed.
Aircraft is a 2006 Falcon 50EX it was registered to a French pharmaceutical company - Sanofi-Aventis Groupe - and managed by Unijet, Paris who chartered it to French Oil Giant - Total.
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Apparently the driver has a chronic condition which prevents him from drinking at all or face terrible health consequences. What that condition is no one knows. He claims he was lost. The document which was provided in court by prosecution regarding the impaired condition of the driver mentions no blood test or breath test, it looks like he was only assessed visually.bizjets101 wrote:Russia and UK news reporting driver of vehicle involved in crash - reportedly drunk.
He has a lawyer who is denying the charge?
The Falcon jet collided with the truck just as it became air borne - tearing off a wing, rolling the plane inverted and explosion (no go around).
Five people are now under arrest/house arrest - the driver - his boss, some airport senior boss, the ATC working the flight, and the ATC supervisor.
• Takeoff from runway 06 was carried out (magnetic heading 58 degrees) at taxiway A11. The distance from the start of take-off to the point of collision with Snow blower ~ 1000 meters. The collision occurred at the intersection of the runways (the so-called "crossing").
• At the time of take-off as the following weather conditions: surface wind 120 ° - 3 m / s; at the beginning of runway 06: visibility - 350m, RVR¹ - 1000m; in the middle of the runway 06: visibility - 1000m, RVR - 2100m; slight drizzle, fog.
• At the time of the event the aircraft was under the control of start dispatcher of "tower". Control of the aircraft was carried out by trainee dispatcher under the supervision of a training controller.
• When issuing a dispatcher clearance to take off the runway was clear. The crew confirmed cleared for takeoff.
• After about 10 seconds after the confirmation by the crew of permission to take off the subsystem monitoring the airfield in the control point "tower" recorded movement of the snow thrower on the left edge of the runway 19 in a southerly direction towards the crossing.
• Neither a Request for permission for crossing the runway by the snowplow nor other communications were recorded on the tower audio recorder between the crew confirmed permission to take off and the accident.
• After ~ 14 seconds after the beginning of the aircraft take-off the crew observed an object, identified by them as "car crossing the road" (a phrase in French). The observation of this object did not cause concern and crew continued the take-off in the usual manner in compliance with standard operating procedures. ~ 14 seconds later the aircraft collided with a snowplow. The crew saw the snowplow just before the collision, after the normal command to lift the nose wheel.
• At the moment of collision with a snowplow the aircraft was in the air, the indicated airspeed was about 134 knots (~ 248 km / h). After the collision began to develop intensively right bank, which led to the collision of the aircraft with the ground.
• Failures in the operation of the aircraft systems and engines prior to the collision with a snowplow have not been identified.