Saturday, April 10, 2010

Polish president Lech Kaczynski dies in plane crash

The polish president Lech Kaczynski was killed Saturday morning in a plane crash along with his wife Maria, the head of the national bank Slawomir Skrzypek, several military officials and many other top politicians. The presidential plane went down while trying to land in Smolensk, Russia where the polish delegation was supposed to attend the 70th anniversary of the massacre of polish war prisoners in the Katyn village. The airplane, a Tupolev-154 was carrying 97 people on board out of which 88 were belonging to the political official delegation. According to Russian sources no one survived the accident. The Russian investigators said the the cause of the tragedy was due to human error. The traffic controlers instructed the pilots to land at Minsk airport because of the unfavorable meteo conditions in Smolensk (dense haze) but the polish pilots neglected the warnings and tried 3-4 landing manoevers before hitting the top of the trees, catching fire and crashing.
According to the last updates, 132 people were aboard the Polish presidential plane crashed at Smolensk.
The first on-site video images of the Smolensk plane crash.

Video Smolensks plane crash killing Poland president Lech Kaczynski

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