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Russians searching for crashed plane's recorders
Investigators search for recorders of crashed plane that killed Russian hockey team
By The Associated Press

YAROSLAVL, Russia (AP) ' Investigators are searching for flight recorders in the shattered remains of an airliner that crashed on the banks of the Volga River, killing 43 people including most of one of Russia's premier hockey teams.

The recorders could provide key information explaining why the Yak-42 crashed just after takeoff Wednesday from the Yaroslavl airport. The Interstate Aviation Committee says the recorders are believed to be in the tail section of the jet, which is partly submerged in the river.

The victims included 36 players, coaches and officials of Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, a team in the Kontinental Hockey League.

On Thursday morning, hundreds of local residents gathered at the city's Russian Orthodox cathedral to mourn the victims. Many of them wore team scarves, some of the women using them as head wraps.

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