According to the Associated Press, pilot error was the primary cause behind the September plane crash that killed the entire Russian Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team. Forty-four people died in the crash, including former NHLers Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei, Karlis Skrastins, Josef Vasicek, Stefan Liv and head Coach Brad McCrimmon. One player, Aleksandr Galimov, survived the crash, but passed away 5 days later due to extreme body burns. Only one person, a crew member, survived the crash. He is still recovering, but is
The team was on the way to Minsk, Belarus for the season’s opening game. Lokomotiv, who played in The KHL, One of the pilots accidentally pressed the brake pedals during takeoff, which didn’t allow the plane to get the required altitude to fly. The plane ride only lasted a few seconds, until eventually crashed 500 yards away from the runway.
Lokomotiv will not play this year. It was rumored that they would bring in former players, but decided it would be best to honor the players killed in the fatal crash.
You can check out the Facebook memorial page for Lokomotiv here.