Only survivor of Russia ice hockey plane crash released from hospital

The only survivor of the plane crash that killed virtually the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team was released from hospital on Friday, hospital staff said.

Crew member Alexander Sizov spent more than 7 weeks in a Moscow hospital after last month’s tragedy.

Lokomotiv’s chartered Yak-42 crashed just after takeoff on September 7 as the team was heading to Minsk for their season opener against Dinamo Minsk. Forty-three people were killed, including a slew of former NHL stars and future draft prospects. The only surviving team member – Alexander Galimov – died in hospital five days later.

Sizov, who received multiple fractures, head injuries and burns to 15 percent of his body, was moved to Moscow from Yaroslavl the next day after the crash. A week later, doctors said Sizov’s condition had stabilized.

In early October, Sizov underwent plastic surgery on his face and neck. His condition was described as satisfactory.

In an interview with Channel One television in mid-October, he said he was planning to continue work in the aviation industry, but might not fly anymore.

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