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Old 09-07-2011, 08:27 AM   #1
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An aviation agency spokesman, Sergei Izvolsky, told CNN the plane crash occurred around 4 p.m. (8 a.m. ET) during take-off because the plane couldn't reach a safe altitude fast enough.

The aircraft collided with the antenna of the airport beacon, fell to the ground and broke into several pieces and caught fire, Izvolsky said.

The plane carrying Russian, German and Swedish hockey players crashed as it took off from Russia's Yaroslavl airport Wednesday afternoon, killing 36 people.

[Updated at 10:45 a.m.] Lokomotiv Yaroslavl had a number of players with ties to the National Hockey League, according to the NHL website.

They included defensemen Karel Rachunek, Ruslan Salei and Karlis Skrastins, as well as forwards Pavol Demitra and Josef Vasicek, the NHL website said, as well the team's head coach, Brad McCrimmon, who had played and coached in the NHL.

Man, what a tragedy. Entire team killed. I know Salei just had a kid and McCrimmon was going to Russia for his first head coaching gig. Very sad.
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:32 AM   #2
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Ruslan Salei and Karlis Skrastins...Both former Avs.

holy crap
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:33 AM   #3
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Ruslan Salei and Karlis Skrastins...Both former Avs.

holy crap
I was just about to say this, damn. Pavol Demtria too was a good player not long ago in NHL.

R.I.P. to all
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:35 AM   #4
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Lokomotiv Yaroslavl is a leading force in Russian hockey and came third in the KHL last year. The team's coach is Canadian Brad McCrimmon, who took over in May. He was mosly recently an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings, and played 18 years in the NHL for Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Hartford and Phoenix.

The Russian team also featured several top European players and former NHL stars, including forward Josef Vasicek of the Czech Republic, Czech defenseman Karel Rachunek, Russian defensemen Ruslan Salei and Karlis Skrastins, and Swedish goalie Stefan Liv.

Other players on the roster with NHL ties include Russian forward Alexander Vasyunov, who played for the Devils last season, and Jan Marek of the Czech Republic, who was drafted by the Kings in 2000.
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Wow that's sad. It's obviously not more sad than non-athletes dying in a plane crash, but it affects you more when you're familiar with some of these people.
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:39 AM   #7
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That's horrible.
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Thoughts to the families.
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:55 AM   #9
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I'm speechless. Crazy stuff.
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terrible.
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RIP to Demitra and those that lost their lives in the crash.

It's not confirmed that Salei is among the dead, there is a report that he was already in Minsk waiting for the team to arrive.
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:19 AM   #13
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RIP to Demitra and those that lost their lives in the crash.

It's not confirmed that Salei is among the dead, there is a report that he was already in Minsk waiting for the team to arrive.
good news there.
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i player and 1 crew member are still alive, others in CC that prob wont make it.

I hope salei wasnt on the flight.
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:35 AM   #15
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i player and 1 crew member are still alive, others in CC that prob wont make it.

I hope salei wasnt on the flight.
I'm seeing conflicting reports about Salei. But, the ominous thing is that there are no reports of him tweeting or emailing or whatever to not worry because he's OK. Which seems to suggest that the news will be bad.
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Salei has been confirmed among the dead.

The only player who survived is Galinov, and he's burned over 90% of his body, so not sure how much longer he'll survive.
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SlavaMalamud Galimov's doc: "Burns on 90% of body, including respiratory system. Lots of internal injuries... Condition -- beyond critical".


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good news there.
Herc is right, Salei is confirmed dead. RIP Salei.
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RIP....this is very tragic.
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RIP and prayers and thoughts to the families. This is just a terrible tragedy.
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Bummer, very tragic. Thoughts go out to the families.
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RIP to Demitra and those that lost their lives in the crash.

It's not confirmed that Salei is among the dead, there is a report that he was already in Minsk waiting for the team to arrive.
I hope you are correct. Salei was a former Duck and enjoyed his play. Hope more were saved or not on the plane. RIP for those who died.
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I hope you are correct. Salei was a former Duck and enjoyed his play. Hope more were saved or not on the plane. RIP for those who died.
Unfortunately the Belarus Hockey Federation, Russian Emergency Ministry and Belarusian news agencies all now confirm Ruslan Salei's death.
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:44 AM   #24
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I dont know any of these people but man thats horrible news.
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Ruslan Salei and Karlis Skrastins...Both former Avs.

holy crap
Heavy! Skrastins was a great player for us.

So sad.
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