Russian Plane Crash With Lokomotiv Hockey Team In Volga River (Video)

By on Sep 8, 2011 in Current Events, Russia, Sports, World Comments
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Russian plane Yak-2 crashed into the Volga River moments after leaving the airport near the western city of Yaroslavl, 150 miles northeast of Moscow, according to reports by several international news sites on Wednesday, September 7, 2011.

The Russian plane crash has reportedly killed at least 43 people on board that include members of the Lokomotiv ice hockey team. Russian player Alexander Galimov and a crew member reportedly survived but suffered critical injuries. The plane crash is considered as one of the worst incident ever that involves a sports team.

The Lokomotiv team is set to play against Dinamo Minsk on Thursday, September 8 in the capital of Belarus for the opening game of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Among the players killed in the plane crash according to the Emergency Ministry include Czech players Josef Vasicek, Karel Rachunek and Jan Marek, Swedish goalie Stefan Liv, Canadian coach Brad McCrimmon and Latvian defense man Karlis Skrastins.

Rene Fasel, President of the International Ice Hockey Federation, described the incident as “the darkest day in the history of our sport. This is not only a Russian tragedy, the Lokomotiv roster included players and coaches from 10 nations.” Fasel added that “This is a terrible tragedy for the global ice hockey community.”

Reports say that the Russian plane that crashed was built in 1993 and owned by the Yak Service company.

Below is a video of the Russian plane crash site uploaded on YouTube by RT.

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