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1 Plane crash involving KHL team on Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:25 am

This shit is crazy. 36 dead in a plane crash carrying the Lokamotiv KHL team. Former NHLers on the team were: Pavol Demitra, Karel Rachunek, Karlis Skrastins, Josef Vasicek, and Ruslan Salei, no actual report yet on which players were on the plane. I am assuming that most, if not all, of the team was on the plane since they were on their way to play a game.

A passenger jet carrying a KHL hockey team has crashed while taking
off in western Russia, killing 36 people, according to the country's
emergency situations ministry.

The ministry's regional branch said the Yak-42 plane carrying the
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team crashed Wednesday after leaving an airport near
the city of Yaroslavl, on the Volga River northeast of Moscow. It said
at least one person has survived but is injured.
Today reported on its website that several of the victims were foreign
players for the club, but the news agency did not list any names.

The team's website lists Canadian Brad McCrimmon, a former NHL
player, as head coach, and says the team includes two Canadian players
with NHL appearances — Ramzi Abid and Riley Armstrong, brother of
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Colby Armstrong.

The team's 2011 roster
also includes former Vancouver Canuck Pavol Demitra and former Ottawa
Senator Karel Rachunek, as well as former NHLers Josef Vasicek and
Karlis Skrastins.
But it is unclear whether any of those players were on board the plane that crashed Wednesday.

The team was heading to Minsk, the capital of Belarus, where it was
to play Thursday against Dinamo Minsk in the opening game of the season
of the Kontinental Hockey League.

The KHL is a league of several ex-Soviet nations that has attracted a number of NHL players to Russia in recent years.

McCrimmon, originally from Dodsland, Saskatchewan, is a former
assistant coach for the New York Islanders, Calgary Flames, Atlanta
Thrashers and Detroit Red Wings. His NHL career spanned 18 seasons and
1,222 games with five teams, including the Flames, the Boston Bruins,
Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit.

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2 Re: Plane crash involving KHL team on Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:14 pm

It is confirmed that Demitra was on the plane, reports say that there was only one player that survived, the rest of the team and entire staff was killed.

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3 Re: Plane crash involving KHL team on Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:16 pm

Wow, that is crazy. Like I said earlier... Hockey is turning into the WWE. Players are dropping like flies this year

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4 Re: Plane crash involving KHL team on Wed Sep 07, 2011 8:55 pm

It's pretty intense. I wonder if there was anything wrong with the airplane. I would assume the same airplane standards apply for any international aircraft, but according to former NHL D Bryan Muir, the KHL's flight situation is pretty scary.

"We were kind of sitting there going `Holy smokes' because you're
used to North America and the standards and everything that goes along
with it," Muir told The Associated Press. "I looked at the doorway and
there's this big crack with the aluminum riveted over the top of it.

"I'm just sitting there saying to myself `Oh my god' -- just saying a prayer when I walked on the plane every time."

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5 Re: Plane crash involving KHL team on Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:25 am

I heard the plane caught fire shortly after takeoff

Stefan Liv

Pavol Demitra

Karlis Skrastins

Ruslan Salei

Karel Rachunek

Vitaly Anikeyenko

Mikhail Balandin

Gennady Churilov

Robert Dietrich

Marat Kalimulin

Alexander Kalyanin

Andrei Kiryukhin

Nikita Klyukin

Jan Marek

Sergei Ostapchuk

Maxim Shuvalov

Pavel Snurnitsyn

Daniil Sobchenko

Ivan Tkachenko

Pavel Trakhanov

Yuri Urychev

Josef Vasicek

Alexander Vasyunov

Alexander Vyukhin

Artem Yarchuk

Alexander Karpovtsev (Assistant Coach)

Igor Koralev (Assistant Coach)

Brad McCrimmon (Coach)

Alexander Galimov made it, but is reported to have had burns on 90% of
his body. Only one pilot made it as well. Everyone else perrished. Rest
in Peace.

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6 Re: Plane crash involving KHL team on Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:24 am

The Russian PM called for all airplanes of that line to be decommissioned by January 2012, the line they were flying on was from the early 1980s.

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7 Re: Plane crash involving KHL team on Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:51 pm

A Ukranian expert said that they can replace all the planes they want, but they don't have the infrastructure, or the training, to use modern boeings or other "better" planes.

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