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Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 9:41 am | Updated: 11:08 am, Wed Sep 7, 2011.

(AP) — A former member of the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team was among those killed when a Russian jet carrying a top ice hockey team crashed just after takeoff Wednesday, killing at least 43 people and leaving two others critically injured.

Among those killed was the team's coach, Canadian Brad McCrimmon, who took over in May. He was most recently an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings, and played for years in the NHL for Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Hartford and Phoenix.

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said the Yak-42 plane crashed into a riverbank on the Volga River immediately after leaving an airport near the western city of Yaroslavl, 150 miles northeast of Moscow.

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