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    Polish President's Plane Crashes In Russia

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    Survivors?

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    Polish President Lech Kaczynski 'in plane crash'

    Polish President Lech Kaczynski 'in plane crash'



    A plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski has crashed near a Russian airport, officials say.

    Russian media reported that 87 people were killed in the crash, but it is not yet known if anyone survived.

    The plane was reportedly heading to an airport in the western city of Smolensk when it crashed.

    Mr Kaczynski was due to visit Smolensk to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre, when Soviet troops killed thousands of Poles.

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    CIA or KGB?

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    [QUOTE=slackula;1385745]CIA or KGB?[/QUOTE]

    yes I cant possibly be something as mundane as an old or poorly maintained eastern block aircraft, have you ever heard off such a thing no something much more sinister surely


    Anyway RIP to the poor folks on that aircraft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slackula View Post
    CIA or KGB?
    Tupolev

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    This will be a sad day for the Polish nation. Condolences.

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    Polish President Lech Kaczynski 'in plane crash'

    Polish President Lech Kaczynski 'in plane crash'


    Polish President Lech Kaczynski and scores of others are believed to have been killed in a plane crash in Russia.

    Officials in the Smolensk region said no-one had survived after the plane apparently hit trees as it came in for landing in thick fog.

    Several other government figures, including the army chief of staff, were also thought to have been on board.

    They were in Russia to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre, when the Soviets killed thousands of Poles.

    The BBC's Adam Easton in Warsaw says the crash is a catastrophe for the Polish people.

    He says Prime Minister Donald Tusk was reportedly in tears when he was told.

    Plane 'hit trees'

    The Russian emergencies ministry told Itar-Tass news agency the plane crashed at 1056 Moscow time (0656 GMT).



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    Ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said it had been flying from Moscow to Smolensk, but had no details on the identities of those killed.

    Smolensk regional governor Sergei Antufiev told Russian TV that no-one had survived.

    "As it was preparing for landing, the Polish president's aircraft did not make it to the landing strip," he said.

    "According to preliminary reports, it got caught up in the tops of trees, fell to the ground and broke up into pieces. There are no survivors in that crash.

    "We are clarifying how many people there were in the [Polish] delegation.

    According to preliminary reports, 85 members of the delegation and the crew."

    Russian investigators said there were a total of 132 people on the plane.

    Controversial figure

    The president was flying in a Tupolev 154, a plane that was designed in the 1960s and capable of carrying more than 100 passengers.

    Our correspondent says there had been calls for Polish leaders to upgrade their planes.

    As well as the president and his wife, Maria, a number of senior officials were also said to be on the passenger list.

    They included the army chief of staff Gen Franciszek Gagor, central bank governor Slawomir Skrzypek and deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Kremer.

    Mr Kaczynski has been a controversial figure in Polish politics, advocating a right-wing Catholic agenda.

    He has opposed rapid free-market reforms and favoured retaining social welfare programmes.


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    Polish president plane crash photos

    The plane looks slightly destroyed.






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    normaly you would expect a president's plane to be air worthy

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    Very Sad, looks like Controlled Flight into Terrain. Most western aircraft have a system in them that alerts the Pilot, I would have thought in a VIP Flight they would have it installed. That is of course he was in his "own Aircraft"

    This news is the only thing that is keeping BKK out of first place on the news networks, international ones anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    advocating a right-wing Catholic agenda.
    Obviously his god disagreed..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Pom
    This news is the only thing that is keeping BKK out of first place on the news networks, international ones anyway.
    Thai foreign Minister is probably leading prayers

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    Bits of the plane all over the place


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    Was his twin in the plane ?


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    Just found this on a website:
    What is certain is that the presidential plane was in Poland, a recurring subject of jokes, both its failures and technical problems were frequent.


    Source: :: Novopress.info France Agence de presse indépendante

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