Polish President Dies In Russian Plane Crash

Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife died Saturday along with 130 others when their plane crashed while coming in for a landing in western Russia, officials said.

The governor of the Smolensk region, where the crash took place about 11 a.m., said no one survived.

"The Polish presidential plane did not make it to the runway while landing. Tentative findings indicate that it hit the treetops and fell apart," Sergei Anufriev said on state news channel Rossiya-24. "Nobody has survived the disaster."

The Polish foreign ministry confirmed that Kaczynski and his wife were aboard the plane.

The head of Russia's top investigative body, Sergei Markin, said there were a total of 132 people on the plane, a Tu-154.

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  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Apr 11, 2010 at 01:41 PM
    Back to the story, I read another news article that pointed out the plane was trying to land in "heavy fog", against recommendations from the flight controllers to land in other airports nearby. I also read that many top officials went down with him, and his wife. Due to the nature of their trip ("The aircraft ran aground on a patch of earth that has symbolized the Soviet-era repressions that shaped much of the 20th century, near the remote Russian forest glade called Katyn where thousands of Polish prisoners of war were killed and dumped in unmarked graves by Soviet secret police in 1940" quote LA Times), it has the two nations scrutinizing the events that led to the crash. Nation upon nation, will they ever know what really happened? I truly hope so.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2010 at 04:23 AM
    So Jeff calling someone a bigot isnt bashing?My coments are my opions not facts YET!One word,WAIT!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2010 at 06:22 PM
    There is NO mention of any paranoid Muslim plot. A very strong European ally of this country has been lost.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2010 at 05:55 PM
    I am a bigger person Jeff because I dont put myself above others.Who said anything about black or white other than you.I am talking about the history of this so called president.PAL around withWILLIAM AYERS BOMBER OF THE PENTAGON,SETTING IN THE PEW FOR TWENTY YEARS LISTENING TO REVERENE WRIGHT(WRONG) saying GOD D@MN America! JEFF ARE YOU NOT BIGGER THAN THIS?I AM!
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Apr 10, 2010 at 05:02 PM
    Anonymous, why do you have be be such a bigot? If someone is responsible for a horrible crime, does it matter if he's white, black, Christian, or Muslim? Be real! All groups of people have crazy people in them. I agree that Obama is a moron. But I don't agree with your bigotry. You are no bigger person than the man you are bashing on all your posts.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2010 at 01:47 PM
    To Uhhh,he would not acknowledge the fact of the fort hood shooter being a muslim,or that Leboone admitted muslim that put threats on Cantor.Nothing this guy does makes sense.I would think these pilots are professionals flying their PRESIDENT around and 130 others not chancing hitting tree tops(THAT DONT MAKE ANY SENSE).Another Cover Up.
  • by Uhhh Location: ECU on Apr 10, 2010 at 11:30 AM
    To Anonymous on Apr 10th at 7:59 am: . . . What? That doesn't even begin to make any sense.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2010 at 04:59 AM
    I dont by that.Sounds like one of Obamas Muslim Cover ups.
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