Only player to survive Russian plane crash dies
Saturday, September 10, 2011
MOSCOW (AP) -- The only member of the Russian hockey team to survive a fiery plane crash that killed 44 people has died of his injuries in a Moscow hospital.
Vishnevsky hospital said Alexander Galimov died Monday morning of the severe burns that covered about 90 percent of his body.
The crash last week outside the city of Yaroslav took the lives of 44 people -- including 37 players, coaches and staff of the local Lokomotiv hockey club. The only other person to survive, a member of the flight crew, is undergoing treatment in Moscow.
Unlike many members of Lokomotiv Yaroslav, who were citizens of other countries and once played in the NHL, 26-year-old Galimov was a native of the city and a product of its youth program.
The deaths of the players have been mourned by fans around the world.