At least 36 people – and possibly one Canadian – are dead after a plane carrying a Russian hockey team crashed on takeoff Monday.
Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl was aboard the jet when it crashed in Yaroslavl, 250 kilometers northeast of Moscow.
The team’s roster lists Canadian coach and former NHLer Brad McCrimmon as well as former Vancouver Canuck Pavol Demitra and former Ottawa Senator Ottawa Senator Josef Vasicek. Police have no identified any specific casualties.
The Yak-42 plane was enroute to Minsk, Belarus, but plunged to earth soon after takeoff and burst into flames at 4 pm Moscow time.
“Passenger body parts were found in the Volga River, where part of the fuselage fell,” a rescue personnel source said.