Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Pilot caused hockey team air crash

The crash site of the Russian Yak-42 jet near the city of Yaroslavl(AP)

The jet crash that killed an entire Russian professional hockey team was caused by pilot error, investigators have found.

The Interstate Aviation Committee said that the September 7 crash of the Yak-42 plane near the city of Yaroslavl in central Russia was caused by one of the pilots accidentally activating the brakes during take-off and then lifting the jet too sharply, causing it to crash.

The plane crashed into the banks of the Volga River, 150 miles north-east of Moscow killing 44 people on board.

It was one of the worst aviation disasters ever in sports, shocking Russia and the world of hockey, as the dead included 36 players, coaches and staff of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team.

The only player who survived the crash later died of burns.

A flight engineer was the sole survivor.

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