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Thousands In Yaroslavl Commemorate Victims Of Ice Hockey Team Crash

Thousands of ice hockey fans took part in a ceremony to commemorate the members of a leading ice hockey team who died in an air crash one year ago,
Thousands of ice hockey fans took part in a ceremony to commemorate the members of a leading ice hockey team who died in an air crash one year ago,
More than 10,000 people have taken part in a "March of Silence" in Russia's western city of Yaroslavl to commemorate members of a leading ice hockey team who died in an air crash one year ago.

Local officials as well as North American National Hockey League (NHL) and Russian ice hockey veterans were among the marchers.

The Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team, one of the most popular in Russia, lost 36 of its players and coaches in the air crash outside Yaroslavl on September 7, 2011.

Russia's Investigative Committee announced on September 6, 2012 that the former deputy chief of the Yak Service Air Company that operated the ill-fated flight was charged with breaching air-safety regulations.

Investigators say Vadim Timofeyev gave the crew permission to fly the aircraft although they had not undergone the required training.

PHOTO GALLERY: The Lokomotiv Yarloslavl Air Disaster
  • The crash site of the Yak-42 jet near the city of Yaroslavl on the Tunoshna River.
  • A video still of burning wreckage shortly after the plane crashed.
  • Investigators inspect the debris of the plane at the crash site.
  • Then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made a personal visit to the crash site.

  • Rescue workers remove a body from the crash site.
  • A man throws flowers at the plane crash site beside the Tunoshna River.
  • Russia's then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin flew in specially to attend a farewell ceremony for the Lokomotiv Yaroslav ice hockey players at their home arena.
  • Thousands of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl fans attended a commemorative service at a church in the city a day after the disaster. 
  • As a mark of respect for those killed, fans left thousands of flowers, team jerseys, and flags outside Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's arena.
  • Thousands of ice hockey fans also turned out on Prague's Old Town Square to mourn the victims of the crash.
  • Three well-known Czech players died in the disaster. 

  • Two Belarusians were also among the dead. Many hockey fans turned up at the Minsk-Arena Complex to pay their respects. 

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax

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