Insurers’ claim against Vnukovo over Total CEO plane crash set for April 14
MOSCOW, March 2 (RAPSI) – The Moscow Commercial Court will consider on April 14 a lawsuit filed by five foreign insurance companies seeking to recover from Vnukovo Airport €10 million in damages resulted from the crash of Total CEO Cristophe de Maergerie’s aircraft in 2014, RAPSI reported from the courtroom on Wednesday.
Among the plaintiffs are Berkshire Hathaway International Insurance ltd, Tokio Marine Kiln Insuranse ltd, Mapfre Global Risks Compania, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company и Great Lakes Reinsurance.
“Vnukovo Airport”, “Vnukovo International Airport” and “State ATM Сorporation” are named as defendants in the case.
The companies have already paid €1 million euro to suffering parties as a compensation for life insurance of the aircraft’s crew and passengers as well as €9 million for Falcon 50 EX airplane. Insurers demanded in the lawsuit to recover their damages from those who, according to them, guilty of the accident.
Vnukovo’s representative asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit because of lack of credentials provided by the plaintiffs.
Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash at Vnukovo airport on October 21, 2014, when his plane’s wing hit a snow plow. Among the victims were three crew members, all French citizens.
Lead airfield service engineer Vladimir Ledenev, snow plow driver Vladimir Martynenko, air traffic controller Alexander Kruglov, airport flight manager Roman Dunayev, and dispatcher Nadezhda Arkhipova stand charged in the case.