Life.ru reports about Alex Ovechkin's Mom reaction to a plane crash with entire Lokomotive hockey team in Russia:
And here's Ovi's and John Carlson's reactions:
Video from the place where plane crashed
Semyon Varlamov owes George McPhee big time. If he wouldn't be traded to Avalanche, he would've been on that plane too because Locomotive claimed they had KHL rights on Varly.
Magomed Tolboev, a test pilot, suggested possible causes of the tragedy in Yaroslavl airport Tunoshna where YAK-42 plane with hockey club "Locomotive" fell after takeoff.Source: http://www.sports.ru/hockey/121223041.html
Tolboev suggested that the plane would have fallen during take-off as a result of all engines failure or because of the pilot's mistakes. He noted that Yak-42 aircraft has a very reliable record.
"Yak-42 never had accidents due to technical reasons. AN-24, Tu-34, Yak-40, Yak-42, these aircrafts were raped by operators who got them free from the Soviet Union. Planes are falling and will fall. It is still just a beginning, because aircraft are worn to the limit, but there are no new ones [to replace them]"
The test pilot was right about Yak-42 reliability. ITAR-TASS reported that the plane collided with a beacon antenna upon takeoff after being unable to gain safe altitude (via Stu Hackel)
I kind of feel a bit better that it was not the plane itself (can you imagine if it's true that all Russian planes are worn to the limit?), but human's error, pilot's fault. The plane could possibly carried too much load and pilot didn't recognize it in time probably.
"It is absolutely certain that we will die, and it is uncertain when or how we will die."