A Russian jet carrying the Lokomotiv ice hockey team from Yaroslavl to Minsk crashed after takeoff on Wednesday, leaving at least 43 dead and two others critically injured.
As per the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, the Yak-42 aircraft crashed into a riverbank on the Volga River just after they left the airport. At this point, there have been no reported obstructions to the jet’s travel and the weather appeared to be good. An investigation into the reason for the accident has already been launched.
Lokomotiv was scheduled to play on Thursday against Dinamo Minsk in the opening game of the year for the Kontinental Hockey League. In total there were 45 people aboard the plane – 37 passengers and eight crew members.
Among the two known survivors were Russian player Alexander Galimov and an unnamed member of the crew.
Czech players Karel Rachunek and Jan Marek were confirmed to have been killed in the crash by Czech embassy officials.
"This is the darkest day in the history of our sport. This is not only a Russian tragedy, the Lokomotiv roster included players and coaches from 10 nations," said Rene Fasel, president of the international Ice Hockey Federation. "This is a terrible tragedy for the global ice hockey community."
Additional details regarding the crash can be found in the video below.