Plane Carrying KHL Team Crashes; Most Passengers Reportedly Dead


A plane carrying Kontinental Hockey League team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashed on Wednesday, reportedly killing most of the passengers on board.

Reports have indicated that all 37 members of the Lokomotiv team were on the flight (, 9/7). The team was traveling to their first game of the 2011-12 KHL season, a Thursday matchup with Dinamo Minsk.

According to CTV, 43 of the 45 passengers on board the flight died (, 9/7). Yahoo! Sports reports that there were 42 on board (, 9/7).

The Lokomotiv roster includes some familiar NHL names, including Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei and coach Brad McCrimmon. has cited “unconfirmed reports” that Salei was not on the plane (, 9/7).

The crash is the latest incident in a horrific summer for the hockey community, which is reeling from the deaths of active NHL players Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien and recently retired NHL player Wade Belak.

(Information from CTV,, additional information from Yahoo! Sports; Lokomotiv logo from

  • mark coale

    I was disappointed by how little coverage this was getting on sports talk stations this afternoon. I was listening to both WFAN and Sirius at around 11 and it wasn’t mentioned in the updates and never heard the hosts discuss it. Instead, just NFL Preview talk or baseball (the usual stuff). By contrast, great coverage by 590 am in Toronto all day and on twitter by loads of Canadian and international writers.