Russian hockey player dies after crash

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:11 PM ET

The only member of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team to survive the air crash in western Russia last Wednesday died of his injuries Monday.

Forward Alexander Galimov, along with a crew member, were found alive after the Yak-42 jet carrying the KHL team to a game in Belarus came down on the banks of a river shortly after takeoff, killing 43 people. Crew member Aleksandr Sizov survived the crash and is in serious but stable condition.

Galimov suffered burns to 90% of his body.

"We did everything we could do to change the course of events and to save his life, but unfortunately what we were dealing with were deadly burns," Andrei Alexeyev, head of the burn centre at Vishnevsky Surgery Institute, said.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev vowed Monday that the team would be rebuilt.

"We must think how we could help rebuild this hockey club," Medvedev said at a meeting of Russian sports officials. "We must do it tactfully and effectively at the same time."

Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Lokomotiv would not play in the elite Kontinental Hockey League this season.

Instead, a team, consisting of mostly young local players, would compete in Russia's second division.

The Russian transport prosecution ruled Monday that the plane that crashed was in proper mechanical condition and the most recent repairs met requirements, according to Russia Today. The Interstate Aviation Committee also failed to find any problems with the plane's condition prior to the crash.

Pilot error is now being looked at as the cause of the crash.


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