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Galimov, 37th Member Of Hockey Team Dies In Hospital After Plane Crash

Galimov, the 37th member of the Russian Hockey Team Lokomotiv dies in hospital on Monday, after sustaining severe burns in the horrific plane crash last week.

Galimov, the 37th member of the Russian Hockey Team Lokomotiv dies in hospital on Monday, after sustaining severe burns in the horrific plane crash last week.

On Monday Alexander Galimov, the lone survivor of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Men’s Hockey Team died on Monday of the injuries he received five days ago in the air plane crash which killed the rest of his team members and coaches, along with seven crew members. He suffered from severe burns over 90 per cent of his body. An eighth member of the crew, Alexander Sizov, survived the flight but remains in hospital in stable condition after being in a medically induced coma for a while. He will be questioned by investigators when the doctors allow this, based on his health.

The plane which the team had chartered to take them to the first game of the season for the Kontinental Hockey League club against Minsk in Belarus on 7 September, crashed on takeoff, hitting the Volga River banks and bursting into flames just outside Yaroslavl. The cause of the crash is still not known, but the weather was sunny and clear. Officials are saying that it may have been pilot error or a technical disjunction, but hope to interview the lone survivor from the flight soon.

On 10th September a memorial was held for the hockey players at the team’s arena where thousands of fans mourned their loss, but it has also affected the National Hockey League in Canada and the United States, as their coach Brad McCrimmon used to play for the NHL, as did Pavol Demitra of Slovakia and Ruslan Salei.

The KHL delayed the start of their season, and although there was talk of another team being formed immediately, it is unsure what will happen at this point. The season is supposed to start tonight

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