September 7th, 2011

Mae

Lokomotiv team plane crashed in Russia

A plane crashed in Russia, killing most of the Lokomotiv KHL team, including former NHL players Pavol Demitra, Karlis Skrastins, Josef Vasicek and Karel Rachunek. Ruslan Salei (who is Belarussian) is a member of the team but had travelled to Minsk earlier by himself. [ Edit: There are conflicting reports and some say that Salei was on the plane. ] [ Edit 2: Salei was on the plane. ]

CANADIAN COACH MCCRIMMON AMONG 43 DEAD IN RUSSIAN PLANE CRASH

I found out on Twitter and my immediate reaction was disbelief. Was it somehow April 1st or something? But then I saw some of those names and I just started crying, even though I wasn't a big fan of those players or anything. (I only saw Rachunek's name later, and that hit home a lot more.) I don't even know how I feel. I'm just crying again.

Alex was just talking last week about how the planes in Russia are really horribly maintained because a lot of skilled people left the country and they just don't have enough qualified people to take care of things.

This is horrible. And they were meant to play in the KHL season opener...
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