Russian jet crash
September 7, 2011 by staff
Russian jet crash, The start of the season of ice hockey league in Russia has been postponed in the wake of Wednesday’s plane crash that killed at least 44 people, including members of the three-time champion Russian team Lokomotiv travel to their first game of the season.
The tragedy occurred when a Russian plane crashed during takeoff at an airport outside the central city of Yaroslavl Russia.
A police source told Interfax that the plane suddenly began to hurt list on the left and crashed about 500 meters (yards) away from the airport Tunoshna.
“According to recent data, there were 45 people aboard – 37. Passengers and eight crew Forty-four people died in the accident and one person has survived,” the official told news agency RIA Novosti.
Later reports said Alexander Galimov Yaroslavl player and one of the commissioners survived the accident. However, the reports said he had suffered burns Galimov 80 percent.
The survivors were taken to local hospital.
The recent signing of Lokomotiv of the Detroit Red Wings NHL, Ruslan Salei Belarus international was a lucky escape as he had traveled to Minsk before.
Initially, the Continental Hockey League (KHL) chosen to go ahead with the scheduled game between the champions of first and last season’s runners-up Mytishchi Ufa.
But after the details of the extent of the accident confirmed that the game was stopped with 5 minutes 16 seconds remaining before the first break.
“In this situation, the players of both teams playing after seeing his friends and comrades died to be absolutely impossible,” said KHL President Alexander Medvedev.
The decision on the new date for the start of the KHL season will be announced later.
Local capacity of 10,000 Ufa Arena crowd after a minute of silence in memory of the players who died in the accident.
The head of the Russian Federation ice hockey Vladislav Tretiak said the governing body would do everything possible to restore a team of top class hockey in Yaroslavl, who will play in the KHL on behalf of those who died in an accident plane.
“Our federation will do everything possible to restore a computer flight Yaroslavl hockey,” said Tretiak. “I think everybody in the league (KHL) will help teams of Yaroslavl. Be a kind of memorial to those who died in an accident.”
“Yaroslav hockey fans should have the opportunity to watch the game, so much love at home.”
Sports and tourism minister Russian Vitaly Mutko also said his ministry will take all necessary steps to restore a flight hockey team in Yaroslavl.
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl planned to start his new KHL season Thursday with a match against Dynamo Minsk local side.
The club, founded in 1959, won the title of Russia in 1997, 2002 and 2003, getting the medal league of silver in 2008 and 2009.
Yaroslavl also won bronze medals in the Russian league in 1998, 1999, 2005 and 2011.
Josef Vasicek Czech players, Marek Jan Karel Rachunek and were in Yaroslavl list this season, along with Stefan Liv of Sweden and Slovakia Pavol Demitra.
Canadian director Brad McCrimmon was coach of Lokomotiv this season.
In 1979 the Football League club’s high-flying Soviet Tashkent Pakhtakor also died in a jet crash when his plane crashed into another plane at an altitude of 8.500 meters on the Ukrainian city Denprodzerzhinsk.
League officials also decided to rebuild the team that allows the club to pick two players from other clubs in the league.
The league is also protected the club as Pakhtakor were guaranteed it would not be relegated in the next two seasons.
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