Skip to comments.Plane crash in Russia involves KHL team
Posted on 09/07/2011 7:35:17 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
A plane crash near the city of Yaroslavl in Central Russia has claimed the lives of at least 36 people. Some reports have the death total at 42. The majority of victims are believed to be members of the Kontinental Hockey League club, Lokomotiv.
The crash occurred at 12 noon Moscow time.
Eight crew members are also among the dead, according to reports. According to Russian aviation officials, two passengers survived the crash, but are in critical condition.
According to Sov Sport, Locomotiv has confirmed that the entire main roster, plus four players from the youth team, were on the plane.
The Locomotiv roster was full of players with NHL ties.
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Rest in Peace, guys............
Oh man...that’s bad. My prayers go out to the players and their families.
The KHL has gotten off to a sad start in it’s brief history.
Two seasons ago a top NHL prospect playing there collapsed and died on the bench. There were not adequate medical facilities at the arena and an ambulance took 30 minutes to get there.
Pavol Demitra was probably the best known ex-NHLer on their roster. RIP.
My God! Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei, Karlis Skrastins..
Brad McCrimmon was the head coach, recently joined the team. Great defenseman in his day.
Wow, I had no idea. I remember watching McCrimmon play when the Philly Flyers would come to town. Very sad!
He was Detroit’s assistant coach, left around May or June.
Horrible, horrible news. The airplane was apparently a Yakovlev Yak-42, a Russian-built 120-seat regional airliner.
The KHL’s gotten a fair bit of NHL talent in the past few years. I think Ray Emery played at least one season in the KHL, and wasn’t Jaromir Jagr there for a bit as well?
“The team’s head coach, Brad McCrimmon, played in the NHL and most recently served as an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings before taking the Yaroslavl job in May. The Russian Times confirmed that McCrimmon also died in the crash.
Defensemen Karel Rachunek, Ruslan Salei and Karlis Skrastins, as well as forwards Pavol Demitra and Josef Vasicek all spent a good deal of time in the NHL and were listed on the most current roster on the KHL website. Forward Alexander Vasyunov played in 18 games with the New Jersey Devils this past season.”
that kid who died on the bench was on Jagr’s line and was sitting on the bench next to him when it happened
This is just so unbelievably sad.
Apparently, Salei may not have been on the plane. He was reportedly in Minsk with his family.
This is really sad, but I wonder if the plane should not have been up for flights. Russia’s airline industry is perhaps broke, makes me fear for the future of our safety on planes, as the airlines are being hit with so many regulations they have to be losing money. Where will they cut?
Horrific. But not surprising on a Russian airliner.
The CBC has a list of some notable sports team crashes, including the Manchester United, US Figure Skating Team, and Marshall University football team crashes.
Many years back there was a bus crash involving the then California Angels’ team bus. Not many injuries as I recall, but the news item I heard mentioned the MLB had contingency plans for fatal accidents involving an MLB team. If needed, it would include an emergency draft to replace a team with players from other teams, if a team was completely wiped out in a crash.
Cherepanov (sp.). He was only 18 or 19. Youtube has a video of the chaotic scene.
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Wiki page sez he died. Don’t they have a manifest showing
souls on board?