Aircraft Crashes in Russia; Only Two Survivors

Photograph by Misha Japaridze, courtesy of the Associated Press.

Fans of the National Hockey League are amongst those who are mourning for the victims of the crash of a Russian-built Yakovlev-42 charter aircraft, which landed into the Volga River in Yaroslavl — which is located just northeast of Moscow — shortly after takeoff.

Only two of the 45 people — including members of the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv hockey team, which was on its way to its season opener game — survived the crash. Some of the members of the Russian hockey team formerly played with the National Hockey League in the United States.

An investigation is under way.

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