Russian Yak-42 aircraft crashed soon after takeoff and took the lives of 36 people, Russian, German and Swedish hockey players being among the victims of the aircraft crash. The airplane was scheduled to fly to the Belorussian capital Minsk on Wednesday, carrying members of the hockey team of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. Germans and Swedes also played for the team, which was heading to play a game in the new Kontinental Hockey League.
One person is declared missing while all other 37 passengers and crew members aboard the plane have been found dead, according to the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry. Later, the Russian Federal Aviation Agency announced there are survivors from the crash but all of them are in critical condition after the plane failed to reach a safe altitude rapidly enough. The plane has been operated by the local Yak-Service Airlines.
The crash occurred after the plane failed to avoid the antenna of the airport beacon during takeoff. It fell aground and exploded with its fuselage being broken into several parts, according to witnesses at the airport.