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Former Russian Airline Exec Charged In Ice Hockey Squad Tragedy

Then-President Dmitry Medvedev laying flowers at the site where the Yak-42 passenger plane crashed near Yaroslavl in September 2011, killing all the Lokomotiv team members aboard.
Russian investigators have charged a former deputy chief of the YAK Service air company over the air crash outside the city of Yaroslavl where all the members of the local ice hockey team died a year ago.

A spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee said that Vadim Timogeyev, a former deputy general director at YAK Service, was charged with violation of flight safety regulations.

Russian media reports say Timofeyev faces up to seven years in prison if found guilty of the charges.

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

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and RIA-Novosti