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Breaking- KHL Air Tragedy

via Dmitry Chesnokov tweets,

A terrible tragedy in Russia. A charter plane carrying KHL’s Lokomotiv crashed. Only one person survived!

According to @plysenkov the plane crashed at takeoff. There were 37 people on board. Condolences to the #KHL and Lokomotiv.

The number of those perished is still being confirmed. Lokomotiv was on board. Its roster includes Vasyunov, Demitra, Salei, Skrastins…

added 9:14am, Locomotiv Roster.

added 9:18am, via RT.com,

Thirty-four people have died in a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger plane crash near the city of Yaroslavl in Central Russia. The majority of victims were members of the local ice hockey team Lokomotiv.

The plane went down and caught fire shortly after taking to the air. The crash site is merely 500 meters from the runway.

The Yak-42 was on its way to the Belarusian capital Minsk and had 37 people on board, aviation authorities reported. The aircraft’s maximum capacity is 120 passengers and crew.

Several of the victims were foreign players for the club.

The three survivors are in a serious condition and have been taken to hospital.


added 9:27am
, An ongoing blog/story from SovSport (translated).

added 11:18am, A new KK post on this tragedy.

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wow this is terrible!

Posted by Jdunc from Flint, MI on 09/07/11 at 11:16 AM ET

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Oh my god, this is horrible. I don’t even have words to sum up how I feel right now. It’s kind of numb, but this is just beyond tragic.

Christ.

Posted by Teka on 09/07/11 at 11:18 AM ET

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Thats horrible…

Posted by red_wings_49 from Mad Heights, MI on 09/07/11 at 11:21 AM ET

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Also of note, Brad McCrimmon is the head coach of Locomotiv.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/07/11 at 11:31 AM ET

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Rest in peace those poor souls. Here’s to hopping those that survived make it through. Was this the team McCrimmon coached?

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 09/07/11 at 11:32 AM ET

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Heh, thanks Paul. A lot of recent NHL names on that team…not that it matters…

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 09/07/11 at 11:34 AM ET

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This is really sad.  An entire team. Thoughts and prayers with all the families and the lone or three (depending on the story) survivors.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 09/07/11 at 11:48 AM ET

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Thoughts and prayers….

Posted by Dahrken from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/07/11 at 11:48 AM ET

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Oh man, what a devastating tragedy. My condolences and thoughts are with those who lost family and friends.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 09/07/11 at 12:02 PM ET

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My condolences to the families of the victims. This is a terrible tragedy! My thoughts and prayers go to the injured hoping they can recover.

Posted by timbits on 09/07/11 at 12:25 PM ET

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Wow, what a gut shot.

Awful.

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 09/07/11 at 12:28 PM ET

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I’m just sick to my stomach reading this.  This off-season has been cursed.  Makes the game not seem that important.

Posted by tbassett on 09/07/11 at 12:31 PM ET

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I’m reading that Salei wasn’t on the plane, but Stefan Liv was.

Jesus, this is terrible.

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 09/07/11 at 12:35 PM ET

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Ugh. :-(

Posted by GregAnnapolis on 09/07/11 at 12:51 PM ET

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Nevermind, apparently Rusty WAS on the plane.

R.I.P.

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 09/07/11 at 12:51 PM ET

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It is official now. Belarusian news agencies report that Ruslan Salei was on board the flight.

Lord, he just had a baby last season…

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 09/07/11 at 12:53 PM ET

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Geez, Herm.  Reminding me of that just took me from feeling “crappy” to “devastated.” 

This is every sports league’s nightmare, but one which is inevitable with all the air travel they have to do.  And none the less devastating for that.

Posted by Stevis on 09/07/11 at 01:02 PM ET

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Omg this is awful news, condolences to the families

Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 09/07/11 at 01:04 PM ET

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JUST Heartbreaking sick

Posted by Evilpens on 09/07/11 at 01:06 PM ET

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I was told that Galimov died in hospital. Salei is alive, he was in Minsk.

Don’t trust twitter on times like these.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 09/07/11 at 01:07 PM ET

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My sincerest condolences to all affected by this tragedy.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 09/07/11 at 01:11 PM ET

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What horrible news. Seems like all we get in Hockey these days…

Thoughts go out to the families of all the victims.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 09/07/11 at 01:13 PM ET

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The agent for Alexander Galimov, a member of the Russian national team, told SovSport that the 26-year-old player survived the crash. Galimov has played with Lokomotiv since 2004, predating the KHL’s inaugural season in 2008. He was never drafted by and NHL team and has only played in Russia.

Russia Today reports he’s been hospitalized with burns to 80-percent of his body.

Terrible about Galimov. This lastest from Russia Today!

Posted by timbits on 09/07/11 at 01:16 PM ET

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An updated post on this tragedy.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/07/11 at 01:19 PM ET

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This is awful.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 09/07/11 at 01:37 PM ET

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R….S…..V…..

Posted by Behind_Enemy_Lines from the Big House,January1,2013. on 09/07/11 at 01:43 PM ET

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Sad news. I really feel for the families in trageties like this. You read stories about Russia about how some industries are run on shoe string budgets and safety seems to be an afterthought out there. I really hope this isn’t the case in this incident.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 09/07/11 at 01:49 PM ET

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Damn.  Just damn. Really sad news…...

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 09/07/11 at 02:06 PM ET

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Experts blame the poor safety record on the age of the aircraft, weak government controls, poor pilot training and a cost-cutting mentality.


John Buccigross tweet

Posted by Evilpens on 09/07/11 at 02:29 PM ET

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Just awful….

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 09/07/11 at 02:47 PM ET

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Experts blame the poor safety record on the age of the aircraft, weak government controls, poor pilot training and a cost-cutting mentality.


John Buccigross tweet

Posted by Evilpens on 09/07/11 at 12:29 PM ET

The aircraft was built in ‘93, so naturally, ESPN is wrong again, or they don’t follow through on the whole story. Russian Aircraft Maintenance? I’m not sure on that as this year has been very deadly when it comes to aircraft-related accidents…

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 09/07/11 at 02:51 PM ET

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The crashed plane was forbidden to use the European Union airspace, deemed too unsafe by the European Air Safety Commission.

Posted by Evilpens on 09/07/11 at 03:33 PM ET

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