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April 10, 2010

Polish President Killed in Plane Crash with 95 Others Near Smolensk, Russia

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Cockpit of Polish Air Force Tu-154M 101. Photo by Gordon Gebert Jr.

Polish president Lech Kaczynski, his wife, the head of the army, leaders of several Polish political parties and other high-ranking Polish officials and dignitaries have been killed in plane crash near Smolensk, Russia. All 96 passengers on board were killed.

The plane, a Tupolev Tu-154, was on approach to Smolensk Air Base (XUBS) from Warsaw in heavy fog. Reports indicate the plane may have been attempting a go-around when it hit trees and burst into flames.

President Kaczynski was on an official visit to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre, when Soviet troops killed thousands of Poles.


Polish Air Force Tu-154M 101 At Andrews Air Force Base. Photo by Senga Butts

Polish Air Force Tu-154M (101) At Andrews Air Force Base. (Photo by Senga Butts)

Side shot of Polish Air Force Tu-154M 101. Photo by Gordon Gebert Jr

Side shot of Polish Air Force Tu-154M (101). (Photo by Gordon Gebert Jr.)

Polish Air Force Tu-154M 101 landing at Newark Airport. Photo by Tom Turner

Polish Air Force Tu-154M (101) landing at Newark Airport. (Photo by Tom Turner)

Cockpit of Polish Air Force Tu-154M 101. Photo by Gordon Gebert Jr.

Cockpit of Polish Air Force Tu-154M (101). (Photo by Gordon Gebert Jr.)

Polish Air Force Tu-154M flies into the sunset. Photo by Gordon Gebert Jr.

Polish Air Force Tu-154M (101) flies into the sunset. (Photo by Gordon Gebert Jr.)

Update: Death toll reduced to 96, amid conflicting reports.



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  • Ligia

    It is my country… We're always poor… Poland is so mortal, we always have big problems, wars, murders… Why we?! Why it's always MY POLAND!?

  • Ligia

    It is my country… We're always poor… Poland is so mortal, we always have big problems, wars, murders… Why we?! Why it's always MY POLAND!?

  • Dawid

    Once again, Katyń takes our elite

  • Dawid

    Once again, Katyń takes our elite

  • SP-LPC

    It never rains but it pours. Take Care My Beloved Country! I'm proud to be Polish!

  • SP-LPC

    It never rains but it pours. Take Care My Beloved Country! I'm proud to be Polish!

  • Andrew

    Who can stopped all disasters…..

  • Andrew

    Who can stopped all disasters…..

  • Teo Leonov

    Putin and his hierarchy will always be responsible for such a boorish and hypocritical disasters produced and provoked by their system. The Putinists are not MY RUSSIA. They killed and imprisoned many good and honest people, elite of our suffering land, sister-country of Poland. One day we will see them judged together with all world politic technologians and terrorists, in the new and pleasant day of the true democracy reigning in the earth! Beethoven said, "Let's be brothers, people! Don't disjoint your brotherly embraces." I just believe in it, my friends. Compassion and forthcoming consolation to everybody!

  • Teo Leonov

    Putin and his hierarchy will always be responsible for such a boorish and hypocritical disasters produced and provoked by their system. The Putinists are not MY RUSSIA. They killed and imprisoned many good and honest people, elite of our suffering land, sister-country of Poland. One day we will see them judged together with all world politic technologians and terrorists, in the new and pleasant day of the true democracy reigning in the earth! Beethoven said, "Let's be brothers, people! Don't disjoint your brotherly embraces." I just believe in it, my friends. Compassion and forthcoming consolation to everybody!

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  • steff

    Some truth about the assassination: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoUkobHYAlk

  • steff

    Some truth about the assassination: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoUkobHYAlk