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09-07-2011, 07:46 PM
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^It just gets worse and worse.


Here is some info about the model aircraft and its history. The McDonnell Douglas plane listed as "new" probably refers to a replacement of a prior plane used. Those aircrafts aren't made anymore.

The crash is a stark reminder for players, who spend hundreds of hours in the air shuttling around North America from game to game, that the risks they face in an NHL season aren’t limited to the ice.

The Wings have their own team plane and have a new jet (McDonnell Douglas MD81L) for the upcoming season nicknamed Red Bird III.

In contrast, the Yak-42, which can carry 120 passengers and crew, was designed in the 1970s and was brought into service in 1980. The jet that crashed Wednesday was built in the mid-90s.

There are only 92 Yak-42s still flying and the aging fleet is scheduled to be removed from service next year by Russian aviation authorities.

Only 178 Yak-42s were ever built and Wednesday’s crash was the ninth involving the aircraft.

The Russian aviation industry is also struggling to clean up a poor safety and maintenance record that has contributed to the nation’s reputation as among the most unsafe country to fly in.

“You don’t want to think about it because we’re flying almost every other day,” Lidstrom said.

“That’s a lot of time up in the air. You try not to think about it, but accidents happen.

“It’s a tragedy for all of the hockey world. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families.”

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