Exactly one year has passed since the tragic plane crash involving KhK Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL during takeoff from Tunoshna Airport. A Day of Remembrance will begin with Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral of the Assumption in Yaroslavl. A team spokesman said, “They were faves not only of the local guys here in Yaroslavl; the memorial observance is attracting a lot of people”.
A silent March of Remembrance is scheduled for 15.00 MSK; fans will process to the Arena Sports Complex, the home ice of KHL Lokomotiv. At 16.05 MSK, the time of the crash, there’ll be a moment of silence to honour the memory of the team-members lost, and people will lay flowers at a memorial stone on the site of a future memorial, due to be completed for the second anniversary of the tragedy. On the same day, a memorial rally will be held in the village of Tunoshna on the spot where the plane crashed. Already, there’s a memorial where the Yak-42 airliner crashed on the riverbank. In addition, on that day, fans will bring flowers to a memorial at the Leontiev Cemetery, where most of the victims of the KHL Lokomotiv crash are buried. A memorial march and moment of silence will also be held in Rybinsk, some of whose players died in the plane crash.
On 7 September 2011, the main party of KHL Yaroslavl Lokomotiv took off from Yaroslavl Tunoshna Airport for their first match of the year, against KHL rival Dinamo Minsk. Almost immediately after takeoff, the Yak-42 crashed. On board were 45 people, eight crewmembers and 37 passengers, athletes, coaches, doctors, and staff. Only two people survived the tragedy… hockey player Aleksandr Galimov, who died five days later in hospital, and flight engineer Aleksandr Sizov. A criminal case was opened in this affair; former General Deputy Director Vadim Timofeyev of Yak Service Airline faces charges.
Vladimir Markin, an official spokesman for the SKP RF, said that investigators established, “Timofeyev allowed the crew to fly the Yak-42 in defiance of regulations, violating air transport safety standards, and, at the time of the accident, some of the crew lacked certification for autonomous flights. Under these circumstances, Timofeyev had no right to entrust the crew of the aircraft with passengers, and if he had carried out his duties in good faith, this disaster, which killed 44 people, wouldn’t have happened”. Timofeyev faces up to seven years in prison, if he’s convicted.
7 September 2012
Voice of Russia World Service
The “joys” of crapitalism have come to Russia. Someone decided to cut corners to make an illegal buck or two. Well, he’s gonna bust rocks under the Arctic sun in the Sakha Republic, maybe, right next to Khodorkovsky (in a Russian version of I Fought the Law and the Law Won). Like does call unto to like after all…
Spare a thought or a prayer (or both) for the guys who died in the crash… it was AVOIDABLE…