Saturday, April 10, 2010

Polish president Lech Kaczynski dead in plane crash in Russia

Polish president Lech Kaczynski is dead due to a plane crash earlier Saturday. Kaczynski perished in the crash along with 95 others including Kaczynski's wife and some of the country's top military personnel. There were no reported survivors in the crash which happened due to the dense fog the plane encountered over Russia.Kaczynski, age 60, was on the flight headed to Russia for the 70th anniversary of the massacre of Polish prisoners of war in Katyn. During World War II an estimated 20,000 Polish officers were executed.Today's crash happened around 2:50 AM ET on the outskirts of Pechorsk. According to the Investigation Committe of the Russian prosecutor's office, the plane was trying to land at the airport in Smolensk, in heavy fog conditions. The plane likely hit some trees at the end of the runway according to the Polish Defense Ministry.With the news that the Polish President Lech Kaczynski has died in a plane crash, a list of others who perished in the crash has been released. Other names on the list include Aleksander Szczyglo, the head of the National Security Office; Jerzy Szmajdzinski, the deputy parliament speaker; Andrzej Kremer, the deputy foreign minister; and Gen. Franciszek Gagor, the army chief of staff, according to the party.