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NIGHT MAYOR
09-08-2011, 01:18 AM
Virtually an entire ice hockey team, including world and Olympic champions, was wiped out when their plane crashed shortly after take-off from the Russian city of Yaroslavl.
The 18-year-old Yakovlev Yak-42 was flying members of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team to a season-opening match in the Belarus capital Minsk when it went down near Yaroslavl airport, some 300 kilometres north-east of Moscow.
Officials say as many as 43 people on board died after the jet reportedly hit an antenna near the runway and crashed into the nearby Volga River.
Most of the dead were the team's players and coaches. There are only two survivors.
Among those killed were the team's Canadian coach Brad McCrimmon - a former assistant with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings - goalkeeper and former Swedish Olympic champion Stefan Liv, and Slovakian former NHL player Pavol Demitra.
Three Czech stars - Jan Marek, Josef Vasicek and Karel Rachunek - were also among the dead.
Centre Marek, 31, and 32-year-old defender Rachunek were world champions from 2010, while Vasicek, 31, had a world title from 2005.
The plane began listing to the left only seconds into the afternoon flight and crashed about 500 metres away from the Tunoshna airport.
"We saw a plane and then heard a boom. There was a huge flame that quickly turned to smoke," said 16-year-old witness Andrei Gorshkov.
Officials initially said that a steward was the only person among 45 passengers and crew members to survive the crash.
But a local hospital surgeon later told Chanel One television that Russian player Alexander Galimov was alive but in critical condition with burns to nearly 90 per cent of his body.
The crash occurred near the site of an annual forum attended by president Dmitry Medvedev to discuss Russia's upcoming election battle.
Vigil for dead

http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/2876158-3x2-700x467.jpg (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-08/team-photo---the-lokomotiv-ice-hockey-team/2876164)Photo: Wiped out: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl photographed last month AFP
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Fans held a vigil at Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's home ground to mourn and lay flowers in memory of the dead.
The country's ice hockey season kicked off with a sombre message from the deputy head of Gazprom - the company that sponsors Russia's Continental Hockey League (KHL).
"I propose that we honour the memory of the dead with a minute of silence," Gazprom number two Alexander Medvedev said at the season opening in the Ural Mountains city of Ufa.
The match was later abandoned to applause from the crowd.
Three-time Russian champions, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl was founded in 1959 and last won the country's title in the 2002-2003 season.
The team has a strong national following and recently attracted several younger stars from the NHL.
One of those killed included New Jersey Devils player Alexander Vasyunov, 23, - a Yaroslavl native with many local friends.
"We have been friends since childhood," Dmitry Luchnikov, 24, told AFP while recalling his friend's recent decision to play for his home team.
This is the third major aeroplane crash in Russia in the last three months and it has revived the nation's memories of an August 1979 disaster that claimed the lives of 17 football players from the Tashkent side Pakhtakor.
Two accidents involving Tu-134 and An-24 jets this summer killed a total of 54 people and prompted Mr Medvedev to call for most of the aircraft to be retired by January 1.
But that move was followed by a series of smaller air accidents, as well as a Volga River boat sinking that killed 122 people out on a summer pleasure cruise.
Several subsequent space failures have prompted Russia to ground its most famous rockets in a move that now threatens to leave the International Space Station abandoned for the first time in 10 years.






http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-08/dozens-die-in-russian-plane-crash/2875972

TheBoarzHeadBoy
09-08-2011, 07:50 PM
Poland did it. Revenge? Yep.

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09-08-2011, 07:53 PM
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09-09-2011, 01:04 AM
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NIGHT MAYOR
09-09-2011, 01:38 AM
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