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karwos 04-10-2010 11:42

Polish president passed away in plane crash

(Reuters) - Polish President Lech Kaczynski was killed when a plane carrying 132 people crashed in thick fog on its approach to a Russian ******* Saturday, killing everyone on board, officials said.


Central bank governor Slawomir Skrzypek and several senior government officials were also among those on board the Tupolev Tu-154 plane, which came down as it neared Smolensk ******* in western Russia.

Smolensk regional governor Sergei Antufyev, speaking on Russian television, said there were no survivors. Polish state news agency PAP also reported that there were no survivors.

Television pictures showed the burning fuselage and fragments of the plane scattered in a forest. The crash occurred about 2 km (1.3 miles) from Smolensk *******.

"The plane caught fire after the crash. Teams began attempting to pull out passengers from the badly damaged airplane," said a Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman in Warsaw.

Kaczynski's wife Maria was also on board, along with several high-ranking government officials. They included the chief of Poland's military Franciszek Gagor and Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Kremer.

In the case of a president's death, the speaker of the lower chamber of parliament, Bronislaw Komorowski, takes over as head of state, Komorowski's assistant Jerzy Smolinski, told Reuters.

Kaczynski had been flying to Katyn, near Smolensk, to commemorate Russian and Polish victims of Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

Thousands of Polish prisoners of war and intellectuals were murdered at Katyn by Soviet forces in spring 1940 in an enduring symbol for Poles of their suffering under Soviet rule.

Families of those killed at Katyn were also on board the plane, the Polish government official at the ******* said.

(Additional reporting by Robin Paxton and Maria Kiselyova in Moscow and Gabriela Baczynska and Chris Borowski in Warsaw; writing by Robin Paxton; editing by Andrew Roche)
Rest in Peace, black saturday in Poland

Faisal_Computer 04-10-2010 12:06

'No survivors' as Polish President Lech Kaczynski's plane crashes in Russia |

Rest in peace



asad_nomy7 04-10-2010 12:06

Big lost for POLAND.our condolence with all POLISH peoples

Pandemonio100 04-10-2010 12:25

My personal condolence to all friends from Poland for this tragedy.:(

viru 04-10-2010 12:49

Condolences to all Polish friends for this tragedy :(

VM_Hacker 04-10-2010 12:55

Condolences to all Polish friends..

gul_hassan528 04-10-2010 12:55

My Condolences to all Polish friends for this tragedy

weru 04-10-2010 13:02

My Condolences to all Polish friends for this tragedy

DYNET 04-10-2010 14:18

Realy It's bad news hole government community dad in plan crease

Condolences to all Polish friends for this tragedy

lalitjsraks 04-10-2010 14:20

Condolences to all Polish friends..

piracik 04-10-2010 18:43

Black Sunday in Poland - R.I.P all 96 ppls ;(

GsmUniversal 04-10-2010 19:13

My personal condolence to all friends from Poland for this tragedy. :(

Proxy 04-10-2010 21:38


My Condolences to all Polish peoples.

..::Angel::.. 04-10-2010 21:53

My condolences to Polish peoples.

MOBICOM 04-10-2010 23:36

Big lost for all world. We lost good Macedonian friend.
My condolences to Polish peoples, we are with you in this tragedy.

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