A private Russian jet carrying a Kontinental Hockey League team slammed into a riverbank moments after takeoff, killing at least 43 people in one of the worst plane crashes ever involving a sports team. An entire professional Russian hockey team was virtually wiped out. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the crash is « a catastrophic loss for the hockey world? »
Should this dreadful accident raise questions about how professional sports team travel? Would it be prudential for sports team to divide into two groups and travel on separate aircraft?
There are precedents for this in other fields. For example, the President and the vice-president of the United States never fly on the same aircraft. I know parents who never fly together. So if one plane crashes, the other parent will still be there for their children.
Of course this would add costs for travel for hockey and football and basketball andbaseball teams. But it would also add to the margin of safety.
If this travel policy had been in vogue, half the team in yesterday’s crash would have survived = ready to be built on for the future.
Should sports teams fly separately?
What do you think?