93 isn't old for an airplane. And licences run out every couple of years. The problem with Russian airplanes is maintenance or lack therof.
The Wings for example still use a Douglas DC-9 which is way older.
Umm, yeah, 18 years isn't that old age for a plane if it's properly maintained. I was just replying to quincognito's question. And sure, licenses do expire, but I got the impression that the plane's license was expiring and not to be revalidated - And I might have got the wrong impression from the news sources.
And furthermore, the biggest problems of Russian aviation are constant neglecting of maintenance, disregarding safety instructions and using unqualified personnel.
The Devils 727 did skitter off the runway once, or something like that.
I'm surprised the bodies can be ID'd already. Thought they'd have been charred.
One half of the plane fell into the water.
According to the latest news, Galimov has more than 80% of his body burned, several fractures and serious head injury. The other guy (only 15%) could be a pilot but there are so many rumours...if that`s true, ugh.
It has been hard to focus. You get attached to these guys as their careers develop or your get attached to them and recall their legacies with fondness. This is just horrible. I feel so heart-sick today. I hope the NHL does something as a tribute. I would love it if maybe the Devils players could wear the names of their Lokomotiv counterparts for a game.
I heard the other guy was a flight engineer. They don't expect Galimov to survive with those burns, so the crewmember might end up being the only survivor.
I saw on Twitter that Galimov passed away in the hospital.
I can't believe Vasyunov is gone. I was watching Sportscenter on break at work and I was reading the ticker. I saw Pavel Dimitra died and although it's very tragic, I didn't really think much of it - just a very sad accident. When I saw Vasyunov was on board as well, I was in complete shock.
I still think Vasyunov could have earned a top 6 role if he was willing to wait a few years. If he filled out, he could have been a 2nd line RW.
Hello. I know we are mortal enemies but today is a sad day for the NHL and the KHL. Unfortunately today you lost a player in Alexander Vasyunov. I come in peace to tell you how sorry I am for you as a fan and your organization.
Maybe this thread could be used as a tribute thread to this young man who tragically lost his life today. Maybe stories you as fans have of him in his small stint with the Devils and maybe even youtube.com videos or video's you have. I know on the Rangers site we have a guy who does phenomenal video's of players. If you dont have a member on here that has that ability, I can ask him if he could come up with a tribute video for you Devils fans out there.
I am very sorry to hear of this tragic loss and today ALL NHL fans unite in the wake of such sadness this offseason. We lost so many people and today we lost a ton more. First was E.J., than Boogaard, then Rick Rypien, then Wade Belak and now Vasyunov, Karpovtsev, Demitra, Rachunek, and others.
So sad. REST IN PEACE EVERYONE, GodSpeed.
So maybe we can have this as a "remembrance" thread for the fans of the Devils.