A Russian aircraft carrying 45 members of the Kontinental Hockey League to their first game of the season in Belarus crashed and killed all but two passengers on board on Wednesday. The two survivors, a Russian hockey player and a plane engineer, have suffered severe burns on most of their bodies and are still in serious condition.
The cause for the plane crash is still under investigation. Investigators know that the plane was having trouble gaining altitude shortly after take off and airport witnesses say that the aircraft did not reach proper acceleration speeds before leaving the runway. The plane hit a signal tower just moments after take off.
Our deepest sympathies are with the families and friends of the victims on board the flight.