View Full Version : top russian hockey team dies in plane crash. sorry if repost

09-07-2011, 08:26 AM
included was stl blues Pavel Demitra


MOSCOW — A passenger airplane that had been chartered by one of Russia’s best-known hockey teams crashed during take-off Wednesday, killing much of the team, including many of its star players, in the latest air disaster here this summer.

The Yak-42 jet was carrying the team, called Lokomotiv, from its home in Yaroslavl, a city northeast of Moscow, to an away game in Minsk, the capital of Belarus.

The initial accounts of the number of people on board varied from 37 to 44. A Russian aviation official told the Interfax news agency that all but one — a member of the crew — had died.

The list of victims was not immediately published, but a spokesman for Lokomotiv said the starting lineup and many of the top players had died.

“We have no team any more,” Vladimir N. Malkov, the spokesman, said in a telephone interview. “All our starting players, and all the service people, they all burned in the crash.”

The plane was one of the vintage, Soviet-designed needle-nosed aircraft that have been the focus of safety concerns after a series of problems and crashes, including one in June that killed most of the 52 passengers on board.

The plane that crashed Wednesday came down about 500 yards from the runway shortly after 4 p.m., the Russia Today television news channel reported.

Lokomotiv is a three-time champion in Russia’s Continental Hockey League, the equivalent here of the N.H.L. The team’s roster includes Czech, Swedish, Ukrainian, Latvian and Belarusian hockey players.

09-07-2011, 08:29 AM
wtf is a Yak-42? get a Boeing or an Airbus, jeez.

09-07-2011, 09:00 AM
I just heard about this myself, apparently the whole team (Demitra, Liv, Rachunek, etc.) died. There are rumors that Ruslan Salei wasn't on the plane, but that's only a rumor at the moment. Really horrible... RIP

09-07-2011, 09:07 AM
terrible news.. RIP all the KHL players lost

09-07-2011, 09:15 AM
wtf is a Yak-42? get a Boeing or an Airbus, jeez. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ef/Tatarstan_Airlines_Yakovlev_Yak-42_RA-42433_Nikiforov.jpg/800px-Tatarstan_Airlines_Yakovlev_Yak-42_RA-42433_Nikiforov.jpg

09-07-2011, 09:17 AM
holy **** that sucks

09-07-2011, 09:19 AM
What a tragedy. RIP.

09-07-2011, 09:20 AM
fackin horrible news...

RIP hockey brahs and crew

09-07-2011, 09:36 AM
****en horrible!

RIP to everyone that died!

Pavel Demitra :(

09-07-2011, 09:41 AM
RIP to the whole team

that's the 2nd ex canuck to die this summer :(