Only one player- Alexander Gallimov- and a crew member survived, and they are not in good shape.
I am devastated, shattered. I don't know what to say. The KHL doesn't, either. A press release said that right now they were concentrating on the tragedy and would figure out how to handle the rest of the season later. Good for them. Medevev is already there, and Putin sent the Transportation minister to find out what went wrong.
The thought process is that the league will somehow rebuild what was one of the league's marquee franchises. But you can't replace Vasicek. Or Pavol Dmitra. Or any of the other lives that were lost.
I have also learned that the particular plane that crashed was due to be taken out of service in another 23 days. And that 8 bodies have yet to be found and identified. 34 bodies and parts of another have been found.
I am trying to confirm a report that Gallimov has also died either en route or at the hospital- he had burns to 80% of his body. I had to translate the news story from channel Russia 24, a state-owned media outlet, who do report that Alexander has died.
Goodbye, Josef. Goodbye guys.