Jet Was Transporting Members Of A Russian Hockey Team
Members of the Russian ice hockey team Lokomotiv were among
those fatally injured when the Yak-42 jet they were
aboard went down near the city of Yaroslavl on the Volga River
Wednesday. Two people have reportedly survived the accident.
Media reports including the Associated Press indicate the plane
went down just after takeoff from Yaroslavl. The team was traveling
to Minsk for its opening game of the Kontinental Hockey League
season. The team confirmed that its 37-man main squad was aboard
the flight, and one, Aleksandr Galimov was one of the
survivors. The other survivor was the flight engineer.
The online news service RT reports that an air traffic
controller told Itar-Tass that the plane had reached an altitude of
about 180 feet when it banked left and went down, striking a beacon
The accident will be investigated by the Interstate Aviation
Committee. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has placed
Transport Minister Igor Levitin in charge of the initial
investigation at the scene.