Saturday, April 10, 2010

Polish President, Lech Kaczynski Died in Russia Jet Crash

This news had been aired couple of times over a German radio as we were on our way to Neumarkt, Bavaria, Germany until we drove back home. Polish President, his wife and other Polish leaders were dead in Russia jet crash. below are the excerpts of the news.

Polish leader, 96 others dead in Russia jet crash

MOSCOW – Polish President Lech Kaczynski and some of the country's highest military and civilian leaders died on Saturday when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia, killing 97, officials said.

Russian and Polish officials said there were no survivors on the 26-year-old Tupolev, which was taking the president, his wife and staff to events marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre in Katyn forest of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet secret police.

The crash devastated the upper echelons of Poland's political and military establishments. On board were the army chief of staff, national bank president, deputy foreign minister, army chaplain, head of the National Security Office, deputy parliament speaker, civil rights commissioner and at least two presidential aides and three lawmakers, the Polish foreign ministry said. continue reading here

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