A plane carrying one of Russia’s major ice hockey teams has crashed killing nearly all on board.
Lokomotiv were heading to the Belarussian capital Minsk for their first match of the season.
It is believed 43 people died in the accident with some reports claiming that remarkably at least two passengers survived.
The charter flight came down shortly after takeoff near the city of Yaroslavl.
Russia’s Interfax news agency says that the plane had trouble gaining altitude and hit an antenna near the runway. Much of the wreckage of the Yak-42 aircraft fell into the Volga river.
A number of foreigners play for Lokomotiv. The teams roster includes European and North American NHL stars.
This is Russia’s fourth fatal plane crash since July – each involving Soviet-era aircraft.