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Plane Crashes carrying Top HK Lokomotiv Team

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Ledger_NJDevils Rich Chere

Former Devils defenseman Karel Rachunek was also killed in the plane crash. Rachunek played 47 games for NJ in 2007-08.

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I like this idea:

"Legendary coach Viktor Tikhonov suggests every KHL team send at least one player to Lokomotiv to salvage the team's season."

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Why was Vas playing in Russia again? Was he not offered a contract by us?

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Why was Vas playing in Russia again? Was he not offered a contract by us?

I think he declined one or didn't want to consider and had already had his heart set on Russia by the end of last season.

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This is terrible. Disgusting. Ugh.

So sad...

RIP :(

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Just read about the KHL plane crash...what a tragic event. RIP to everyone that died - saying 43 people died including former NJ Devils Alexander Vasyunov and Karel Rachunek. I can't help but think about all the families that are going to be affected by this. What a horrible day. Unbelievable.

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Is there any way we can just start the season early. I think I can speak for hockey fans everywhere that this off season has sucked and needs to end now.

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Just horrible, so many familiar faces on that plane. Igor Korolev, Alexander Karpovtsev, Vasicek, Demitra, McCrimmon, Vasyunov, Salei, Skrastins

I can't even think right now. So many gone at once :-(

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Just horrible, so many familiar faces on that plane. Igor Korolev, Alexander Karpovtsev, Vasicek, Demitra, McCrimmon, Vasyunov, Salei, Skrastins

I can't even think right now. So many gone at once :-(

Where are you reading that Korolev and Karpovtsev were on the plane? I do not see that referenced anyplace.

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Where are you reading that Korolev and Karpovtsev were on the plane? I do not see that referenced anyplace.

they were on the coaching staff

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I think he declined one or didn't want to consider and had already had his heart set on Russia by the end of last season.

He declined because it was a two-way and he wanted one-way. We retained his rights though as he signed a qualifier.

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they were on the coaching staff

That might be so, but I do not see them listed anyplace that they were confirmed on the plane.

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Absolutely terrible loss of life. Hockey players or not, it's such an unnecessary and tragic event when you know that steps could have been taken to prevent this.

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Obviously any human life lost is tragic, but reading names of players I recognize is really making this sink in and making me feel sick to my stomach.

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Where are you reading that Korolev and Karpovtsev were on the plane? I do not see that referenced anyplace.

It hasnt been confirmed that they were on that flight just yet.

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This is so sad, really makes me sick to my stomach. :(

I work with a few Russian guys and they all say that Russian airlines in general have no money to buy or maintain new planes and are all using Soviet-era planes that are 30-40 years old and barely have maintenance done on them. It's been said before in this thread, but they all tell me that if you have to fly in Russia, do it on an on airline that is not Russian-based.

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This is so sad, really makes me sick to my stomach. :(

I work with a few Russian guys and they all say that Russian airlines in general have no money to buy or maintain new planes and are all using Soviet-era planes that are 30-40 years old and barely have maintenance done on them. It's been said before in this thread, but they all tell me that if you have to fly in Russia, do it on an on airline that is not Russian-based.

The plane was reportedly built in 93 and belonged to a small Yak Service company.

There were reports that a member of the flight crew had survived. Can anyone find info on whether or not this is still true?

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This is so sad, really makes me sick to my stomach. :(

I work with a few Russian guys and they all say that Russian airlines in general have no money to buy or maintain new planes and are all using Soviet-era planes that are 30-40 years old and barely have maintenance done on them. It's been said before in this thread, but they all tell me that if you have to fly in Russia, do it on an on airline that is not Russian-based.

Agreed. But Russian aircraft are very rugged and built to operate in a pretty rough climate. This aircraft wasn't too old either...according to airframes.org, RA-42434 was built in 1993.

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not trying to be funny but with players dying directly on the bench with no medical staff around, teams dying in sh!tty airplanes maybe a little bit less players would choose to cross oversea for a little more $$$ than in the NHL.

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The plane was reportedly built in 93 and belonged to a small Yak Service company.

There were reports that a member of the flight crew had survived. Can anyone find info on whether or not this is still true?

This is from the NHL.com article... looks like 1980

According to the reports on the crash, the plane, a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger jet, went down and caught fire shortly immediately after taking to the air, crashing less than 2 kilometers from the airport.

The short- and medium-range Yak-42 has been in service since 1980. It was en route to Minsk, Belarus for a Thursday night game against Dynamo Minsk, Lokomotiv's opener to the 2011-12 KHL season.

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Agreed. Russian aircraft are very rugged and built to operate in a pretty rough climate. This aircraft wasn't too old though...according to airframes.org, RA-42434 was built in 1993.

It's still almost 20 years old and if proper maintenance is not performed, forget it.

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not trying to be funny but with players dying directly on the bench with no medical staff around, teams dying in sh!tty airplanes maybe a little bit less players would choose to cross oversea for a little more $$$ than in the NHL.

most of those players probably weren't nhl caliber

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