Saturday, April 10, 2010
Polish Plane Crash in Russia: 97 People on Board die in Flight that Crashed while landing,Polish President and wife dead
MOSCOW (BNO NEWS) — Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife were killed when the presidential plane crashed near an airport in western Russia.A total of 132 people were on board the Tupolev 154 aircraft, according to the Russian Investigation Committee. The governor of Smolensk Oblast confirmed there were no survivors in the accident, which happened several hundred meters from the runway of Smolensk Airport.According to media reports, the head of the Polish Army and former Polish president Ryszard Kaczorowski were also on board. Confirmation was not immediately available.
MOSCOW (AP) - Polish Foreign Ministry says Polish president and wife were on plane that crashed in Russia.
Moscow (Reuters) - 87 Dead After Polish President Lech Kaczynski’s Plane Crashes in Russia. The plane of Polish President Lech Kaczynski has crashed on approach to Smolensk airport in western Russia, Polish airport officials say.
More details of the Crash here in the LA Times. I am still unclear of the number of dead, the European papers were reporting that it was 132, then over 100, while American Papers are saying 87-97. I would think that the records of a Presidential Plane would be fairly accurate ? I will try to update this tomorrow.
CNN International now reporting the Plane Crash at 5:30AM. VIDEO. Video was a little odd, there is no foam and the fire seems smoldering in spots. There are limited fire rescue people seen in video, yet there are men in leatherjackets walking around smoking ( which seems odd near a Crash site with fuel ).
This was all gathered at 4-5AM.no other news of information yet.( AmericanCNN still not reporting) More Print updates in Comments.
11 AM Update BBC has more this morning on the crash.At this time the speculation is that Bad Weather, Heavy Fog and Pilot error are being raised. Nothing has been mentioned as to the Black Boxes yet. VIDEO with this post clearly shows more of the Crash Site and the Flames and fire crews ( much better than the CNN video, you can see more).
More about the Katyn Incident, and why this planned event honoring and attempting to heal this moment was important for Russia and Poland.
More from the NYT : the LEde about the Katyn Event and the honoring of the dead, and the closure that is needed.....very sad.