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MOSCOW, September 8 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s national flag carrying airline Aeroflot has offered fare-free flights to the family members of the people who died in Wednesday’s crash of a Yakovlev-42 jet near the city of Yaroslavl, some 260 km northeast off Moscow.
The disaster carried away the lives of 43 people, leaving only two survivors. It wiped out Russia’s top-rated Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team in full force.
Of the 45 people aboard, eleven were citizens of foreign countries.
Aeroflot’s press release said the offices of the airline will issue free tickets for economy class flights to members of families of the dead and injured.
The victims’ relatives will be able to use the offer through to September 22.
Aeroflot’s executives have also offered the Kontinental Hockey League /KHL/, which unites ice hockey clubs in a number of former Soviet republics, to use its flights for the transportation of KHL players.
The press release said Dmitry Savelyev, the Director General of the airline offered the KHL President, Alexander Medvedev to transport the hockey teams affiliated with the League by regular or by specially chartered flights.