Russia quizzes lone hockey crash tragedy survivor

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Russian investigators on Friday questioned the only survivor in a plane crash that killed 44 people including a top ice hockey team this month.

"The first brief questioning of A. Sizov took place on Friday with regards to a criminal case into the crash of a Yak-42 plane near Yaroslavl," Vladimir Markin, spokesman for the Investigative Committee, told the Interfax news agency.

Markin declined further details and other Investigative Committee spokespeople were unavailable for comment.

Crew member Alexander Sizov was the only survivor when the ageing Yak-42 jet crashed near the central Russian city of Yaroslavl on September 7, instantly killing 43 people including three-time Russian champion hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

The only hockey player who survived the crash, Alexander Galimov, died of extensive burns several days later in a Moscow hospital.

The interstate aviation committee, which is currently investigating the crash, had earlier also questioned Sizov who is undergoing treatment at a Moscow hospital, Interfax said.

Citing the aviation committee known by its acronym MAK, the news agency said Sizov had not noticed any abnormalities in the work of aircraft equipment during the fatal flight or the one before it.

September's crash was the latest in a string of air disasters in Russia, where many smaller airlines use outdated Soviet-era planes.

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