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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Crash Kills Most of Russian Hockey Team

Russian investigators are searching for the flight recorders from a charter aircraft that crashed Wednesday, killing 43 people, including 36 members of the Kontinental Hockey League’s (KHL) Lokomotive Yaroslavl team.

The aircraft went down shortly after takeoff from an Tunoshna airport, an on-demand private jet charter airport near the city of Yaroslavl, about 150 miles northeast of Moscow. The aircraft reportedly did not gain appropriate altitude, hitting a signal tower before it crashed. The flight was en route to Minsk, Belarus, for the kickoff game of the season.

Alexander Galimov, a KHL player, and one crewmember survived the crash. They are in serious condition, and transferred to Moscow for treatment.

Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s president, called for changes in the country’s aviation industry after visiting the crash site Thursday.

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