Only Player to Survive Russia Plane Crash Dies

Alexander Galimov suffered burns from disaster

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 12, 2011 10:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – The only hockey player to survive last week’s plane crash in Russia died today of his injuries, the Hockey News reports. Alexander Galimov, 26, died from burns over 90% of his body, said a Moscow hospital. The only other crash survivor, a member of the plane’s crew, is still in intensive care. Galimov was a member of leading Russian hockey team Lokomotiv, which lost 37 players and staff in the crash. He was one of the few locally-born members of the team. "All of Yaroslavl, all of the country, all of the world followed the doctors' words, believing, hoping, praying that he would defeat death and remain with us," said Yaroslavl's governor.

Russia's Alexander Galimov, right, and Finland's Antti Pihlstrom struggle for the puck during their Euro Hockey Tour ice hockey match in Mytishchi, outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011.
Russia's Alexander Galimov, right, and Finland's Antti Pihlstrom struggle for the puck during their Euro Hockey Tour ice hockey match in Mytishchi, outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011.   (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
A mourner reacts near the coffin of Swedish hockey player Stefan Liv at a funeral service for the victims of the  plane crash, in the Arena in Yaroslavl, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.
A mourner reacts near the coffin of Swedish hockey player Stefan Liv at a funeral service for the victims of the plane crash, in the Arena in Yaroslavl, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.   (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, left, lays flowers during a memorial ceremony for the victims of the Russian plane crash.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, left, lays flowers during a memorial ceremony for the victims of the Russian plane crash.   (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Pool)
Alexander Galimov.
Alexander Galimov.   (AP Photo/Yaroslav Neyolov)
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