Plane carrying KHL hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashes, killing 44
At least 44 people were killed Wednesday when a Russian jet carrying hockey players to their first match of the season crashed on takeoff in the latest blow to the country’s tainted air safety record.
The Yak-42 passenger jet took off from Yaroslavl airport about 300 kilometres northeast of Moscow just as a two-day political forum expected to be attended by President Dmitry Medvedev got under way.
A source told Interfax that the plane suddenly start listing to the left and crashed about 500 metres away from the Tunoshna airport. (Photos: Andy Clark/Reuters)