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Friday, 7 September 2012

First Anniversary of the KHL Lokomotiv Hockey Team Plane Crash

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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

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2012_09_07/Godovshhina-gibeli-hokkeistov-jaroslavskogo-Lokomotiva/

Editor’s Note:

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…

BMD

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Sunday, 8 July 2012

Bus Carrying Pilgrims from Pskov Oblast Going to Pochaev Lavra Crashes in the Ukraine… 14 Dead, Mourning Declared in Pskov Oblast

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The Ministry of Emergency Situations (MChS) said that, early on Saturday, a bus carrying Russian pilgrims crashed on the road between Chernigov and Kiev, killing at least fourteen and injuring 22 people. The bus was carrying 45 passengers from Pskov Oblast to the Pochaev Lavra in the Ukraine. According to preliminary data, the driver lost control of the vehicle; it ran off the road and flipped over. First responders took the injured Russian pilgrims to hospital in Chernigov; three of them are in critical condition. Russia will send two planes to take the victims of the crash back home.

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The authorities in Pskov Oblast declared a three-day period of mourning starting on 9 July. This was after a bus carrying Russian pilgrims crashed in the Ukraine on Saturday, killing at least fourteen and injuring 22 people. In an official statement, a Pskov Oblast spokesman said, “We’ll lower flags to half-mast and cancel all entertainment events and light TV programmes for 9-11 July”.

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On Sunday, an official MChS spokesman said that two MChS aircraft brought 25 Russian pilgrims injured in a bus crash in the Ukraine on Saturday to Moscow. Fourteen people were killed after a bus carrying 43 pilgrims from Pskov Oblast to the Pochaev Lavra in the Ukraine swerved off the road, crashing into a ditch. The MChS spokesman said that one of the planes, an Il-76, brought 14 people, who suffered serious injuries. Twenty ambulances met the plane, which immediately took the injured to various Moscow hospitals. The other plane, a Yak-42, carried 11 people with less-severe injuries and the bodies of those killed in the crash. Three more passengers from the crashed bus remain in ICUs of Ukrainian hospitals, as doctors prohibited their transportation due to the risk to their lives. One more passenger also remains in the Ukraine, to aid in the investigation into the crash. According to an investigator’s preliminary reports, the accident took place as the driver had fallen asleep, eventually causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

 7/8 July 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20120707/174447995.html

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20120707/174452304.html

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20120708/174459832.html

Thursday, 8 September 2011

A Multimedia Presentation. 8 September 2011. Updated Figures Say 43 Dead in KhK Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Tragedy… Вечная память!

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KhK Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Tribute Video

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A Yak-42 with the hockey team KhK Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on board crashed a few kilometres from Yaroslavl, a few minutes after take-off, barely having time to climb to a height of 10-50 metres (33-165 feet). The airplane simply couldn’t gain altitude; reports say that the plane hit a pylon. According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MChS), the Yak-42 broke into two parts on crashing… the nose collapsed into the Toksha Creek and the tail fell on the ground. The airliner was enroute to Minsk for the KHL season opener. The plane disappeared from air controllers’ radar screens at 15.50 MSK (12.50 UTC 09.50 EDT 06.50 PDT), shortly after takeoff. Two people survived the crash, a spokesman for the RF MChS told RIA-Novosti. “In the crash, according to updated figures, survived two people”, a spokesman said. According to police sources, the pilot survived, along with one of the players. In all, 45 people were on board the plane. Right Winger Aleksandr Galimov was rushed to the Yaroslavl City Hospital ICU with burns over 90 percent of his body and fractures; he is in very critical condition, some of the doctors fear for his life {some unconfirmed reports are now saying that Galimov’s died of his injuries… this isn’t confirmed officially as of yet: editor}. The latest report is that MChS crews have recovered 35 bodies.

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The Embassies of Slovakia and Czechia confirmed the deaths of the Lokomotiv players that were of their nationalities. Interfax confirmed the death of Slovak Pavol Demitra, the Lokomotov captain, and three Czech players, Joseph Vašíček, Karel Rachůnek, and Jan Marek. Pavol Demitra was an icon of Slovak ice hockey. “He knew it all; he was quite a heroic figure. For us, it’s a huge tragedy”, said Rastislav Mojta, Third Secretary of the Slovakian Embassy to the RF. The KhK Lokomotov website is temporarily down, with the message, «Уважаемые пользователи! Сайт временно прекращает свою работу в связи с чрезвычайным происшествием» (Dear users! We’ve temporarily shut down this site in response to the tragic incident). FKhR President Vladislav Tretiak expressed his condolences to the families of all those killed in the crash, saying, “We express our condolences to the families of the victims, and to the club. This is a very great loss to the Russian hockey world, because Yaroslavl fielded a lot of very strong players. We’ll do our best to find out the causes of the tragedy, and, of course, support the families. Hockey in Yaroslavl isn’t dead”.

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Lokomotiv SCORES!

In our memory, you’ll live forever. Rest in peace…  

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Mishka (“Mikey”… also, “Bear” in colloquial Russian), the KhK Lokomotiv Yaroslavl mascot… I couldn’t find a better image, the team website is down…

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Confirmed Killed in the crash:

Aircrew (7):

  • Andrei Solomentsev, Commander
  • Igor Zhivelov, second pilot
  • Vladimir Matyushin, flight engineer
  • Sergei Zhuravlyov, flight engineer
  • Yelena Sarmatova, flight attendant
  • Nadezhda Maksumova, flight attendant
  • Yelena Chavigny, flight attendant

Passengers (36):

  • Vitaly Anikeyenko, Defenceman
  • Yuri Bakhvalov
  • Aleksandr Belyaev
  • Mikhail Balandin, Defenceman
  • Aleksandr Vasyunov, Left Wing Forward
  • Josef Vašíček, Centre Forward, Alternative Captain
  • Aleksandr Vyukhin, Goaltender
  • Robert Dietrich, Defenceman
  • Pavol Demitra, Centre Forward,
  • Andrei Zimin
  • Marat Kalimulin, Defenceman
  • Aleksandr Karpovtsev
  • Aleksandr Kalyanin, Right Wing Forward
  • Andrei Kiryukhin, Right Wing Forward
  • Nikita Klyukin, Centre Forward
  • Igor Korolyov
  • Nikolai Krivonosov
  • Yevgeni Kunnov
  • Vyacheslav Kuznetsov
  • Stefan Patryk Liv, Goaltender
  • Jan Marek, Centre Forward
  • Brad McCrimmon, Coach
  • Sergei Ostapchuk, Left Wing Forward
  • Vladimir Piskunov
  • Karel Rachůnek, Defenceman, Captain
  • Ruslan Salei, Defenceman
  • Yevgeni Sidorov
  • Kārlis Skrastiņš, Defenceman
  • Pavel Snurnitsyn, Forward
  • Daniil Sobchenko, Centre Forward
  • Ivan Tkachenko, Left Wing Forward
  • Pavel Trakhanov, Defenceman, Alternative Captain
  • Yuri Urychyov, Defenceman
  • Gennady Churilov, Centre Forward
  • Maksim Shuvalov, Defenceman
  • Artyom Yarchuk, Left Wing Forward

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They all had faces… they all had names… no one is forgotten… nothing is forgotten. Say a prayer for these guys and light a candle for them when you go to liturgy… God will bless you for it.

BMD

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