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Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 09/07/2011

Russian plane carrying KHL’s Lokomotiv crashes, at least 43 dead

The hockey community suffered another significant loss Wednesday in what has already been a tragic summer. According to various reports, 43 people are dead and one is critically injured after the plane carrying the KHL’s Lokomotiv crashed while taking off in Yaroslavl, Russia.

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said the plane, a Yak-42, crashed immediately after take off in the western Russian city. Lokomotiv was on its way to Minsk, Belarus, for its KHL season opener when the plane crashed.

Via Puck Daddy, Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei, Karlis Skrastins and Josef Vasicek are among the NHL alumni who were on Lokomotiv’s roster. Brad McCrimmon, a former defenseman for the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers, was listed as Lokomotiv’s head coach.

Lokomotiv should sound familiar to Caps fans. It was the KHL team that former Washington goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who is now a member of the Colorado Avalanche, played for from 2004-05 to 2007-08.

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