Russian investigators have determined pilot error to be the cause of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash that killed the entire Kontinental Hockey League team, ESPN reports. The Sept. 7 crash came as Lokomotiv was traveling to Minsk for their first game of the season.
The Interstate Aviation Committee declared that the crash of the Yak-42 plane occurred when the pilot accidentally activated the breaks during takeoff. This move caused the jet to lift too sharply, causing it to crash into the banks of the Volga River near the city of Yaroslavl. The crash claimed the lives of 36 players, coaches and staff of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl as well as the pilots. Alexander Galimov was the lone player to survive the crash, but died days later due to third degree burns across 90% of his body. Alexander Sizov, a flight engineer is the lone survivor of the Lokomotiv plane crash.