08 Sep '11, 1am

World of ice hockey stunned as Russia jet crash kills 43, including several international stars

World of ice hockey stunned as Russia jet crash kills 43, including several international stars

Rescuers surround remains of the crashed Yak-42 jet in the river outside Yaroslavl on September 7, 2011. -- PHOTO: AFP TUNOSHNA, Russia (AP) - A private Russian jet carrying a top ice hockey team slammed into a riverbank moments after takeoff on Wednesday, killing at least 43 people in one of the worst plane crashes ever involving a sports team. Two other people on board were critically injured. Both Russia and the world of hockey were left stunned by the deaths of so many international stars in one catastrophic event. The International Ice Hockey Federation said 27 players of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team were killed, along with 2 coaches and 7 club officials. Russian NHL star Alex Ovechkin tweeted: 'I'm in shock!!!!!R.I.P ...' The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said the Yak-42 plane crashed into the shores of the Volga River immediately after leaving the airport ne...

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