Hockey team survivor dies due to severe burns

Only two passengers in the Yak-42 aircraft that was carrying the Russian Kontinental Hockey League survived the deadly crash after the plane flew into a signal tower and killed 43. A 26 year-old hockey player and a plane engineer were able to escape the wreckage and were saved by paramedics. Now the death toll has risen to 44 after the hockey player died on Monday from severe burn injuries that covered 90% of his body.

The 26 year-old was the only member of the hockey team that made it out of crash alive. Nearly 100,000 fans lined up outside the hospital and dozens of fan pages were created to support the young man. But his injuries were too severe and included serious burns to his respiratory tract. The plane’s engineer, and now sole survivor, is currently in stable condition.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of all the victims in this tragic accident.