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Czechs mourn players killed in Russian crash

Czechs mourn players killed in Russian crash

Hundreds are gathering at the Old Town Square in the heart of Prague to honor the three Czech ice hockey players who died in the plane crash that killed 43 people and devastated a top Russian club.
People lit candles around a simple impromptu monument formed by two ice hockey sticks, some wearing the Czech national team jersey and chanting the names of the three players _ Karel Rachunek, Jan Marek and Josef Vasicek.
A total of 36 players, coaches and staff of Russia's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team were killed when their Yak-42 jet crashed on Wednesday en route to their first game of the season.
The Czech ice hockey federation plans an official farewell ceremony for the players after their bodies are transported home.


Updated : 2021-08-04 23:51 GMT+08:00