(Scorediary heartly expressed condolence to ice hokey team of Russia)
A plane carrying a major league ice hockey team has crashed in Russia, killing 43 people.The airliner exploded into flames and plunged into the Volga River after taking off from an airport in the city of Yaroslavl — 160 miles north-east of Moscow.The Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team were on board the plane flying to Minsk in Belarus.
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They were set to play Dinamo Minsk in the opening game of the season of the Kontinental Hockey League tomorrow.
The team includes players from Germany, Sweden, and Slovakia as well as Russia.
But as yet, it is not clear how many of the fatalities were members of the team.
Two people were unaccounted for after the crash, officials said.
The Yak-42 plane, which can hold more than 100 passengers, was thought to have just 45 people on board. A local policeman said he had seen the plane come down shortly after take-off.
He added that he saw "flames as high as a nine-storey building".
Russia has a poor aviation safety record.
In July this year, a passenger plane crashed in northern Russia, killing 44 people.