Pilot Error Cause of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Plane Crash

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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.