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Drunk Hockey Fan Dies on Flight to Toronto

Published: May 6, 2008 (Issue # 1370)


MOSCOW A Russian hockey fan died aboard a Toronto-bound Aeroflot flight after drinking heavily and harassing other passengers, including Russian Hockey Federation president and Hall of Fame goalie Vladislav Tretyak.

The unidentified 41-year-old man was drinking straight from the bottle together with other passengers and began arguing with several passengers on the flight from Moscow on Wednesday, Canadas Globe and Mail reported.

Tretyak said he was sleeping in the business class cabin when he felt someone rubbing his head, Sovietsky Sport reported Sunday. The man left the cabin, and Tretyak said he heard only later that he had died.

I saw the man only twice, Tretyak said. Once when he patted me on the head and then only after he was already dead, lying next to the en- trance to the stewardess quarters.

Three hours into the flight, several passengers, together with members of the flight crew, moved to subdue him after he insulted a female passenger, Canadas CBC News reported.

The female passenger was shouting back at him because he obviously did something that he shouldnt have done, a witness told CBC News.

Passenger Michael Packham, 34, told the Globe and Mail that several attempts were made to restrain the passenger after he began stumbling around the cabin, stepping on peoples feet and accidentally hitting people in the head.

People kept trying to restrain him, but he kept getting back up, Packham said.

Another passenger, Vsevolod Timofeyev, said he saw the man turn blue after he lay down in the aisle between economy and business class.

The man died an hour before the plane landed, the Toronto Star reported.

Toronto police said that, while the cause of death remained unclear following an autopsy conducted Saturday, there appeared to be no signs of foul play.

Canadian authorities have not released the mans name, but the daily tabloid Tvoi Den said he was a hockey fan on his way to Quebec to watch the Russian national team play in the Ice Hockey World Championships.

The passengers, including Tretyak were detained for six hours in Toronto after the flight.nducted an investigation into the death.





 

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Wednesday, Sept. 3


Although the Peter and Paul Fortress sand sculptures are more central and therefore more visible to the throngs of tourists, the 300th Anniversary Park of St. Petersburgs own collection closes today. The World Collection of Sand Sculptures that have been on display at the park reaches its final day, so fans of the classic beach activity should get there while they can.



Thursday, Sept. 4


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Friday, Sept. 5


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Saturday, Sept. 6


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Sunday, Sept. 7


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