Residents Of Polish Descent React To Crash

As the world continues to mourn the loss of Poland's President Lech Kaczynski and dozens of other political leaders, so do local residents in eastern Carolina.

Paul Starzynski Junior put in the usual day of work at Swan Point Marina and Boatyard in Sneads Ferry Monday. But like so many others of polish descent here and around the world, they're still awaiting answers after the deadly plane crash. Starzynski says, "We're still trying to find out the bits and pieces so I think everyone should say a prayer. Any time a county looses its leader, this is a concern for the world. It's a tragic loss."

Officials had been traveling to attend a memorial to honor thousands of Polish military officers who were executed 70 years ago. The plane they were in crashed Saturday just short of a runway in Russia.

Russian investigators suspect human error played a role in the crash since no technical problems were found with the Soviet made plane Monday. Investigators are questioning decisions made by the pilot.

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