Russian Yak-42 crashes with professional ice hockey team onboard
Further emphasis was placed on phasing out Russia’s ageing Soviet-era commercial aircraft when a Yak-42 crashed yesterday soon after departing an airport near the city of Yaroslavl on the River Volga. The plane, operated by the charter airline Yak-Service, was carrying the city’s entire professional ice hockey team to the Belarusian capital Minsk where it was due to play against Dinamo Minsk in the opening game of the season of the Kontinental Hockey League. All but one of the eight crew and 44 of the 45 passengers were reported killed – including the Swedish goaltender Stefan Liv, aged 30. Liv also played for the Swedish national team.
President Dmitry Medvedev has said that Russia’s Soviet-built aircraft will be taken out of service starting next year.
[pictured: Yak-42D operated by Alania Airways at Zvartnots Airport]