Moscow air hub head got involved in case of Falcon crash in "Vnukovo"

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"Kommersant" found that a criminal case was opened against Vladimir Uzhakov

The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal case against the head of the Moscow air hub Vladimir Uzhakov in the context of the investigation into the crash of the Falcon 50 plane, carrying the president of the international oil and gas company Total Christophe de Margerie and three aircrew members in October last year, said the newspaper "Kommersant" on Wednesday.

"As part of the Vnukovo crash case, the Investigative Committee opened a case under the same Art. 263 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (violation of the rules for traffic safety and operation of air transport, entailing by negligence the death of two or more persons) against Vladimir Uzhakov – the head of the Moscow Air Traffic Management center under the State Air Traffic Management Corporation (ATM)," says the newspaper.

The newspaper notes that the Moscow center controls the operation of Vnukovo Airport, where the three persons involved in the first criminal used to work.

The Investigative Committee withheld comments. But Uzhakov told the newspaper "Kommersant" that he had received a notice of initiation of a criminal case against him, flatly refusing to give any other comments.

The sources of the newspaper explained that the head of the Moscow air hub hadn`t been suspended from his duties.

Meanwhile, the air traffic officers union hadn`t given any comments of the case against Uzhakov until the Investigative Committee officially announced it. The State Air Traffic Management Corporation took the same position.

"We can only confirm that Mr. Uzhakov, the head of one of our 17 regional branches, received the notice of the criminal case initiation," said the agency representative Nikolay Ivashov to "Kommersant".

On the night of October 21, 2014, Falcon collided with a snowplow on the runway on takeoff at the Moscow airport "Vnukovo". Four people on board died, including the president of the French oil company Total Christophe de Margerie.

"Kommersant" notes that on March 16, the Investigative Committee charged the manager-instructor Alexander Kruglov with the violation of the rules for traffic safety and operation of air transport, entailing by negligence the death of two or more persons (p. 3 of Art. 263 of the Criminal Code). Earlier, the same procedure had been applied to the Vnukovo Airport flight director Roman Dunaev.

The newspaper reports that on Wednesday charges will be filed to the chief engineer of Vnukovo airport service Vladimir Ledenev, the manager trainee Svetlana Krivsun and the snowplow driver Vladimir Martynenko.

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