Polish President Lech Kaczynski 'in plane crash'

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Polish President Lech Kaczynski 'in plane crash'

Postby asterix » Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:45 am

A plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski has crashed near a Russian airport, officials say.

Russian media reported that 87 people were killed in the crash near Smolensk, and a regional governor was quoted as saying there were no survivors.

Polish officials said Mr Kaczynski was on board along with his wife Maria and several senior government figures.

They were in Russia to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre, when the Soviets killed thousands of Poles.

Plane 'hit trees'

The Russian emergencies ministry told Itar-Tass news agency the plane crashed at 1056 Moscow time (0656 GMT).

Ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said it had been flying from Moscow to Smolensk, but had no details on the identities of those killed.

Smolensk regional governor Sergei Antufiev told Russian TV that no-one had survived.

"As it was preparing for landing, the Polish president's aircraft did not make it to the landing strip," he said.

"According to preliminary reports, it got caught up in the tops of trees, fell to the ground and broke up into pieces. There are no survivors in that crash.

"We are clarifying how many people there were in the [Polish] delegation. According to preliminary reports, 85 members of the delegation and the crew."

The BBC's Adam Easton in Warsaw says the president was flying in a Tupolev 154, a plane that was designed in the 1960s and capable of carrying more than 100 passengers.

The Polish Foreign Ministry said the president and his wife were aboard the plane.

Central bank governor Slawomir Skrzypek was also said to have been on board.

Mr Kaczynski has been a controversial figure in Polish politics, advocating a right-wing Catholic agenda.

He has opposed rapid free-market reforms and favoured retaining social welfare programmes.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8612825.stm

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Re: Polish President Lech Kaczynski 'in plane crash'

Postby raja » Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:30 am

I believe the number of passengers was 132.
Condolences to the families of those dead.

The conspiracy theories are already starting to fly thick and fast in the West.
There is so much suspicion of Russia in the West that a thing like this is bound to raise eyebrows.
Look at the BBC title itself. It has "in plane crash" in quotes.

I think it is in poor taste.

I am not supporting Russia or anything but the world seems to revel in laughing or pointing fingers at another country without evidence to back it up.

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Re: Polish President Lech Kaczynski 'in plane crash'

Postby Ranjith » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:01 am

Thts sad
RIP to the deceased

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Postby Scotty » Sat Apr 10, 2010 4:12 pm

Condolences for the families of dead and RIP the victims

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Postby Leo » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:15 am

Everyone RIP......

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Re: Polish President Lech Kaczynski 'in plane crash'

Postby afghankhan » Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:52 am

RIP to the president and other people who died.