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MOSCOW, September 7 (Itar-Tass) —— According to preliminary findings, the ill-fortunate Yak-42 plane that crashed near Yaroslavl Wednesday afternoon, had failed to gain altitude and hit the beacon’s antenna, sources in the federal aviation agency Rosaviatsiya told Itar-Tass.
“After the takeoff the plane failed to gain altitude during the climb and hit the antenna of a beacon outside the runway,” sources said. “After that it fell apart and crashed.”
According to the latest information available, there were 37 people on board. Only one person was found alive. The plane was carrying the local Locomotive ice hockey team to the Belarussian capital Minsk.