8 Sep 2011

Ice hockey team in plane crash

4:55 am on 8 September 2011

An chartered jet carrying members of a major league ice hockey team has crashed in Russia killing as many as 43 people.

The aircraft had just taken off from an airport at the city of Yaroslavl, about 250km north-east of Moscow.

The plane was a Yak-42. Aviation officials were quoted as saying it had failed to gain height and hit a radio mast, breaking up and catching fire.

The Lokomotiv team was heading to Minsk, the capital of Belarus to play Dinamo Minsk on Thursday. It includes players from Germany, Sweden and Slovakia. The coach is from Canada.

The BBC reports two people survived the disaster. They have serious injuries.