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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Russian Plane Crash

This morning a Russian plane carrying a KHL hockey team has crashed outside of Moscow.

From ESPN:
TUNOSHNA, Russia -- A Russian jet said to be carrying a KHL ice hockey team crashed into a river bank Wednesday while taking off in western Russia, killing at least 43 people and leaving two others critically injured, officials said.

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said the Yak-42 plane crashed in sunny weather immediately after leaving an airport near the city of Yaroslavl, on the Volga River about 150 miles northeast of Moscow.

It said the plane was carrying the Lokomotiv ice hockey team from Yaroslavl to Minsk, the capital of Belarus, where it was to play Thursday against Dinamo Minsk in the opening game of the season of the Continental Hockey League. The ministry was carrying 45 people, including 37 passengers and eight crew, and two people survived the crash.

I heard this on ESPN Radio and the thing that pissed me off was the reporter ended the report with "some of the players have ties to the NHL" as if people only care because of some probably small tie to the NHL. No, actually people with souls care when people die. If anything tying the deaths to the NHL will make even less people watch it, dropping their fan count to 16.

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