Russian ice-hockey plane crash survivor dies in hospital

One of the only two survivors of last week's plane crash that wiped out almost an entire ice-hockey team died in hospital on Monday, officials said.

"Alexander Galimov died from severe burns in the Vishnevsky Institute of Surgery," a statement said.

"We did everythng possible to save him," burn specialist Andrei Alekseev said.

Alexander Galimov began his career in 2004 and was a member of the silver-medal winning Russian U-20 team at the 2005 World Junior Ice-Hockey Championships. He also played for the senior national team. He was 26.

Galimov, who had suffered 90 per cent burns, was sent to Moscow Institute of Surgery on Thursday together with another survivor, crew member Alexander Sizov.

Sizov was moved from intensive care to a ward on Monday and his life is now out of danger, hospital officials said.

Police eyewitnesses said that Galimov had walked away from the wreckage of the plane.

Forty-five people died Wednesday afternoon when a plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice-hockey team crashed during take-off near Yaroslavl, some 300 kilometers from Moscow.

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