Only Hockey Player to Survive Russian Plane Crash Dies

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The only player to survive the plane crash that killed the rest of a top Russian ice hockey team has died.

Alexander Galimov died Monday of severe burns.

On the day of the crash last Wednesday, 43 of the 45 people on board were killed, including 28 players and coaches and staff of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey club. The only other person to survive, a flight crew member, remains in intensive care at a Moscow hospital.

Russian aviation experts are investigating the crash. They say the plane's engines were operating until the moment of the crash, and that the stabilizer and flaps were in their proper positions.

The Yak-42 passenger jet crashed following takeoff from Yaroslavl, about 240 kilometers northeast of Moscow. The hockey team was headed to Minsk, the capital of Belarus, for its opening game of the season.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a thorough probe into the cause of the crash, which is the latest in a series of fatal plane disasters in the country.

Last month, 11 people died when an Antonov-12 cargo plane crashed in Russia's far northeastern region of Siberia. In June, a Soviet-built Tupolev passenger plane crashed in northwestern Russia, killing 45 people.