September 8th, 2011
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Russian plane crash: 43 killed, 2 survivors

russian plane crashMoscow: A Russian passenger jet carrying Russia’s premier ice hockey team to their season-opening match crashed shortly after takeoff in western Russia, killing 43 people and leaving two critically injured, including several former Olympic and NHL stars.

The Yak-42 plane crashed immediately after taking off from an airport near the city of Yaroslavl, on the Volga River about 240 km northeast of Moscow, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. The plane was flying members of three-time Russian champions Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to a game in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Wednesday when it went down some 300 kilometres (185 miles) northeast of Moscow.

The entire team of players were killed in the crash leaving only two survivors with grave injuries.The chief local surgeon told Channel One television that one Russian player, identified as Alexander Galimov, and a crew member had survived but were in grave condition.The crash occurred on the day a Global Political Forum opened in Yaroslavl. President Dmitry Medvedev is to address the forum on Thursday.

“This is the darkest day in the history of our sport,” International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said. “This is not only a Russian tragedy. This is a terrible tragedy for the global ice hockey community.”Alex Ovechkin, a Russian superstar for the NHL Washington Capitals who once played for Lokomotiv’s Kontinental Hockey League rival Moscow Dynamo, posted on his Twitter account “I’m in shock!!!! R.I.P” and was upset after practice.

Reports said the plane failed to climb rapidly enough and hit an airport antenna before falling to the ground and breaking up.



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