Lokomotiv ice hockey team- killed in Plane crash
Ice Hockey Team Feared Dead In Plane Crash
Members of a top ice hockey team are believed to be among at least 43 people killed when a passenger jet crashed during take-off in western Russia.
Russia's Emergency Situations ministry said the Yak-42 plane came down as it left an airport near the city of Yaroslavl, on the Volga River about 150 miles north east of Moscow.
One person is reported to have survived but is gravely injured.
The ministry said the plane, which has the capacity to seat 100 passengers, was carrying the Lokomotiv ice hockey team from Yaroslavl.
The team was heading to Minsk, the capital of Belarus, where it was to play against Dinamo Minsk on Thursday in the opening game of the season of the Continental Hockey League (KHL).
The Lokomotiv ice hockey team from Yaroslavl believed to be on board the plane
The CHL is a league of several ex-Soviet nations.
Lokomotiv-Yaroslavl HC has told Sky News that it was its first team travelling on board the plane.
The team has a Canadian coach and Czech, German, Slovakian, Belorussian and Latvian players.
KHL president, Alexander Medvedev, interrupted the opening match of the league's season in the city of Ufa when news of the crash came.
Rescuers work at the crash site on the Volga River
"There has been a terrible tragedy," he explained before announcing a minute's silence and postponing the game.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin immediately sent the nation's transport minister to the site of the crash, 10 miles east of Yaroslavl.
The Russian aviation agency (Rosaviation) has told Sky News that the aircraft was unable to gain height due to technical problems.
The plane crashed near Yaroslavl, around 150 miles north east of Moscow
The plane collided with the airport transmitter, crashed to the ground and burst into flames, the agency added.
The Yak-42 plane model has been in service since 1980 and dozens are still in service with Russian and other airlines.
President Dmitry Medvedev has announced plans to take aging Soviet-built planes out of service, starting next year.
In June, another Russian passenger jet crashed in the north western city of Petrozavodsk, killing 47 people.
The crash of that Tu-134 plane has been blamed on pilot error
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so sad.. I have bet on them many times....
I don't know what to make of this comment but I laughed when i read it .
Originally Posted by bella
You laughed?! I wasn't trying to be funny....But I have ... many late night bets...
Originally Posted by LFC81Eoin
These ex soviet planes should have been taken out of the sky a long time ago. Very sad incident, seems like more and more often planes are falling out of the sky
Years ago, when I was planning a trip out to the Far East, a family friend of mine (a commercial airline pilot) warned me to check with any airlines I was using for internal flights about the equipment they used. He gave me a list of manufacturers/models to avoid at all costs, all Russian, and offered to pay the difference in fares. Said he wouldn't trust them for a second and they posed a real risk.
Just goes to show, crazy that they're still out there.