French oil company Total’s chief executive Christophe de Margerie has been killed in a crash at an airport in Russia.
The private jet is said to have collided with a snow plough at Moscow’s Vnukovo international airport last night.
According to Russia’s Investigative Committee, the snow plough driver was “drunk”.
Three crew members were also in the jet when it crashed.
The Committee said: “At present it has already been revealed that the snowplough driver was drunk. In addition, there might be a decision coming to suspend a number of airport staff for the period of investigation.”
The oil giant said in a statement: “Total confirms with deep regret and great sadness that chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died just after 10pm (Paris time) on October 20 in a private plane crash at Vnukovo airport in Moscow, following a collision with a snow removal machine.”
Reports claim Total shares have dropped more than 2% following the incident.