Winter comes early in Russia and a light snow fell on Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport two days ago. A snowplow cleared the runway, but failed to leave a clear path for a corporate jet’s take-off shortly before midnight. The Dassault Falcon 50 struck the snow removal machine and disintegrated upon impact.
None of the 3-man flight crew and its passenger survived the crash.
The passenger was Christophe De Margerie, CEO of the French oil giant TOTAL.
He was renown for his distinctive mustache and loyalty to Russian oil interests, saying in a July interview that Europe should stop thinking about cutting its dependence on Russian gas and focus instead on making those deliveries safer.
De Margerie, a strong proponent of fracking, had signed a multi-billion Euro contract with Russia to exploit northwest Siberia.
De Margerie also said in that interview that Europe could not live without Russian gas, adding there was no reason to do so.
His family had a history of fascism.
A rich man on his way home to celebrate his triumph of corporate greed.
The driver of the snowplow was uninjured in the accident, although authorities stated that he had been drunk at the time.
A state of normalcy for a Russian male.
Me too and I applaud his blow against Big Oil.
The people love a drunk.