As regular readers know, I’m in Yaroslavl, Russia this week for the Russian government’s Global Social Forum. It’s been a solemn time; yesterday a plane crashed at the local airport killing more than 40 people including the very well regarded and well liked local hockey team. The facility hosting the conference is the hockey team’s home court; I hope the people of Yaroslavl and the families of the victims know that our thoughts and prayers are with them.The BBC has the story of the crash:
World ice hockey chief Rene Fasel said the crash in Yaroslavl was “the darkest day in the history of our sport”.The Yak-42 plane came down shortly after take off on Wednesday from the Russian city and burst into flames.In all, 43 people – including top Russian and European players – died in the accident. Only two people survived.All 11 foreign players and coaches on board the plane were killed, including the team’s Canadian coach, Brad McCrimmon, Swedish goalie Stefan Liv and players from Belarus, the Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Slovakia and Ukraine.
President Medvedev, expected to speak to the forum today, will stop at the site of the crash en route.Somewhat unnervingly, from the perspective of someone scheduled to fly out of the same airport this evening, the plane is believed to have hit a radio tower while taking off.