Concerns are being raised about Russian aviation safety after a plane crash on Wednesday killed 43 people. The victims included members of one of Russia’s best ice hockey teams, Lokomotiv, who had international players and coaching staff.
The chartered jet was taking those onboard to a match in Minsk when it came near Yaroslavl, the team’s home city. The plane burst into flames after hitting an antenna as it took off.
Speaking at a press conference, Governor of Yaroslavl Sergei Vakhrukov gave the latest details: “According to provisional information, there were 45 people onboard. 37 of these people were passengers, eight were members of crew.”
Two survivors were rescued from the crash site on the banks of the Volga River. One is Russian player Alexander Galimov, who is seriously injured having suffered 80 per cent burns, and the other is a member of the crew.
One eyewitness named Irina said: “By the time I ran out, the remains of the plane were already there on the children’s beach. People were being pulled out over there on hooks. They were in their seats and even had their seatbelts on.”
This is Russia’s fourth fatal plane crash since July – though the Yak-42 aircraft did have an air worthiness certificate valid until the beginning of October.