The 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash occurred on September 7, 2011, at 16:02 local time, when a Yak-Service Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger aircraft, carrying the professional ice hockey team and coaching staff of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), crashed near Yaroslavl, Russia. The team was on its way to Minsk, Belarus to start the 2011–12 KHL season.
All players from the main roster plus four from the youth team were on board the aircraft, which caught fire and crashed shortly after take-off, 2.5 km from Tunoshna Airport. Preliminary reports say that all but two people who were on board are confirmed dead.
Players on board were from Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine and Sweden. Despite earlier reports it appears defenseman Ruslan Salei was in fact not on the flight as he took and earlier flight to Belarus, seperate from the rest of the team. </ref>Russian jet carrying hockey team crashes (English). 'Fox Sports'. Fox Sports (7 September 2011). Retrieved on 2011-09-07.</ref> On September 12, Alexander Galimov, despite continuing therapy using all possible contemporary treatment, passed away.
Aircraft[edit | edit source]
The aircraft, a Yakovlev Yak-42D, construction number 4520421301017, was first flown by Tatarstan Airlines in 1993, and was later sold to charter airline Yak-Service, who was the operator of the plane when it crashed. The aircraft, whilst being operated by Tatarstan Airlines, had been banned from making flights to the European Community in 2009, following airworthiness and air safety concerns.
Accident[edit | edit source]
The Yak-Service aircraft struck a tower mast at Tunoshna Airport as it was taking off. The plane then listed to the right and crashed into the Volga River beyond the airport, catching fire.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who had been on his way to Yaroslavl for the Global Policy Forum, sent his condolences to the families of those killed in the crash, and will visit the crash site.
Investigation[edit | edit source]
The Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK), in accordance with Russian legislation, have opened an investigation into the circumstances and causes of the accident.
People on board[edit | edit source]
According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the aircraft manifest saw 8 crew members and 37 passengers being listed as being present on the flight, including:
Team players[edit | edit source]
- Defenceman Vitaly Anikeyenko, 24 (Ukraine)
- Defenceman Mikhail Balandin, 31 (Russia)
- Centre Gennady Churilov, 24 (Russia)
- Centre Pavol Demitra, 36 (Slovakia)
- Defenceman Robert Dietrich, 25 (Germany)
- Right winger Alexander Galimov, 26 (Russia) – survived 
- Defenceman Marat Kalimulin, 23 (Russia)
- Right wing Alexander Kalyanin, 23 (Russia)
- Right wing Andrei Kiryukhin, 24 (Russia)
- Centre Nikita Klyukin, 21 (Russia)
- Goaltender Stefan Liv, 30 (Sweden)
- Centre Jan Marek, 31 (Czech Republic)
- Left wing Sergei Ostapchuk, 21 (Belarus)
- Defenceman Karel Rachůnek, 32 (Czech Republic)
- Defenceman Maxim Shuvalov, 18 (Russia)
- Defenceman Kārlis Skrastiņš, 37 (Latvia)
- Forward Pavel Snurnitsyn, 19 (Russia)
- Centre Daniil Sobchenko, 20 (Ukraine)
- Left wing Ivan Tkachenko, 31 (Russia)
- Defender Pavel Trakhanov, 33 (Russia)
- Defenceman Yuri Urychev, 20 (Russia)
- Centre Josef Vašíček, 30 (Czech Republic)
- Left winger Alexander Vasyunov, 23 (Russia)
- Goaltender Alexander Vyukhin, 38 (Ukraine)
- Left wing Artem Yarchuk, 21 (Russia)
Team staff[edit | edit source]
- Head coach Brad McCrimmon, 52 (Canada) (1989 Stanley Cup champion)
- Assistant coach Alexander Karpovtsev, 41 (Russia) (1994 Stanley Cup champion)
- Assistant coach Igor Korolev, 41 (Russia)
- Yuri Bakhvalov, video operator
- Aleksandr Belyayev, equipment manager/massage therapist
- Nikolai Krivonosov, fitness coach
- Yevgeni Kunnov, massage therapist
- Vyacheslav Kuznetsov, massage therapist
- Vladimir Piskunov, administrator
- Yevgeni Sidorov, coach-analyst
- Andrei Zimin, team doctor
Flight crew[edit | edit source]
- Andrei Solomentsev — pilot
- Igor Zhivelov — copilot
- Nadezhda Maksumova — flight attendant
- Vladimir Matyushin — flight engineer
- Elena Sarmatova — flight attendant
- Elena Shavina — flight attendant
- Sergey Zhuravlev — mechanic
- Alexander Sizov — flight engineer – survived
References[edit | edit source]
- At least 43 dead as plane carrying Russian ice-hockey team crashes. RIA Novosti (7 September 2011). Retrieved on 7 September 2011.
- Top KHL squad killed in passenger plane crash in Russia — RT
- Commission Regulation (EC) No 1144/2009 of 26 November 2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 474/2006 establishing the Community list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Community
- "Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team killed in a plane crash", Presidential Administration of Russia, 7 September 2011. Retrieved on 7 September 2011.
- "Як-42 RA-42433 07.09.2011", Interstate Aviation Committee, 7 September 2011. Retrieved on 7 September 2011.
- (Russian) "СПИСОК экипажа и пассажиров, находившихся на борту воздушного судна Як-42", Ministry of Emergency Situations, 7 September 2011. Retrieved on 7 September 2011.
- Associated Press (7 September 2011). Pavol Demitra among 43 killed in Russian plane crash (English). 'The Globe and Mail'. The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. Retrieved on 2011-09-07.
- Названа причина крушения Як-42 в Ярославле (Russian). Rambler Media Group (7 September 2011). Retrieved on 2011-09-07.
- Врачи опровергли сообщение о смерти хоккеиста Галимова (Russian). Gazeta.ru (7 September 2011). Retrieved on 2011-09-07.
- Russian Team Carrying KHL Team Crashes (English). tumfweko.com (7 September 2011). Retrieved on 2011-09-07.
- Lynn Berry (7 September 2011). Russian jet crash kills 43, many top hockey stars (English). 'Forbes'. Forbes. Retrieved on 2011-09-07.
- Gulitti, Tom (2011-09-07). Devils' prospect among those killed in Russian hockey team plane crash. northjersey.com. Retrieved on 7 September 2011.
- St. James, Helene (2011-09-07). Ex-Red Wings assistant Brad McCrimmon killed in Russian crash. 'Detroit Free-Press'. Detroit Free-Press. Retrieved on 7 September 2011.
- Former Leafs Karpovtsev, Korolev Killed In Russian Plane Crash. NHL (7 September 2011).
- Первые фото с места крушения Як-42 под Ярославлем (Russian). LifeNews (7 September 2011). Retrieved on 2011-09-07.
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