Dr. Samra interviewed by CBC National’s Majula Dufresne about the Russian plane crash and the impact.
The Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster occurred on Wednesday, 7 September 2011, when a airplane carrying the players and coaching staff of the professional ice hockey team crashed. The aircraft ran off the runway before lifting off, failed to gain altitude, struck a tower mast, caught fire and crashed 2 km from the airport. Of the 45 on board, 43 died at the scene. One of the two rescued from the wreck died five days later in hospital, and only the flight engineer Alexander Sizov survived. The team, a member of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), Russia’s top ice hockey league, was on its way to Belarus to start the 2011-2012 season. All of the players from the main roster and four for the youth roster were on board.