The president of F1 sponsor Total has been killed in a plane crash, the Russian news agency Ria Novosti reports. The French oil multinational is closely aligned in formula one with Renault-powered t...

The president of F1 sponsor Total has been killed in a plane crash, the Russian news agency Ria Novosti reports.

The French oil multinational is closely aligned in formula one with Renault-powered teams Red Bull and Lotus and the French driver Romain Grosjean.

Russia's Lifenews service also reports that Total's president, Christophe de Margerie, died in a plane crash at the Vnukovo airport in Moscow early on Tuesday.

"Together with the head of Total, all three crew members were killed," the news agency said, revealing that the Paris-bound jet crashed into a snow machine on the runway.

The airport confirmed that a Falcon 50 - a French-built, mid-sized corporate jet - had crashed.

Total president killed in plane crash