Lokomotiv crash survivor dies of burns

Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:09am EDT
 
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - The sole member of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team to survive last week's air crash in western Russia died of his injuries on Monday, the medical center that treated him said.

Forward Alexander Galimov, along with a crew member, were found alive after the Yak-42 jet carrying the team to a match in Belarus came down on the banks of a river shortly after take-off last Wednesday, killing 43 people.

However, he received burns to 90 percent of his body and succumbed to his injuries on Monday.

"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," said Andrei Alexeyev, head of the burn center at Vishnevsky Surgery Institute.

Other victims included three Czech world champions, Jan Marek, Karel Rachunek and Josef Vasicek, Swedish goaltender Stefan Liv and Canadian coach Brad McCrimmon.

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

"We must think how we could help rebuild this hockey club," Medvedev said at a meeting with top Russian sports officials.

"We must do it tactfully and effectively at the same time."

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<p>Flowers placed by Elena, wife of Alexander Vyukhin, are pictured on Volga River near the site of a plane crash outside the Russian city of Yaroslavl September 8, 2011. REUTERS/Mikhail Voskresensky (RUSSIA - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER</p>