Just hours ago, it has been reported that President Lech Kaczynski, president of Poland died in a plane crash. As their plane approaches Smolensk airport in thick fog, it apparently hit the tress and authorities reported that no one survived. Poland’s army chief of staff Gen Franciszek Gagor, central bank governor Slawomir Skrzypek and deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Kremerd leading historians were among more than 80 passengers including the president’s wife, Maria
The pilot has reported to have ignored the advice of the air traffic control to divert to other airport. This delegation has attended the anniversary of the Katyn massacre of thousands of Poles by Soviet forces during WWII.
A week of national mourning had been declared with two minutes of silence on Sunday at midday has been by Prime Minister Donald Tusk.
The Russian emergencies ministry told Itar-Tass news agency the plane crashed at 1056 Moscow time (0656 GMT) as it was coming in to land. The plane that they were riding is already 20 years old and has the name Tupolev 154. It is a soviet designed plane.