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    Polish leader dies in plane crash
    Polish President Lech Kaczynski and scores of others have been killed in a plane crash in Russia.
    Polish and Russian officials said no-one had survived after the plane apparently hit trees as it approached Smolensk's airport in thick fog.
    Poland's army chief, central bank governor, MPs and leading historians were among more than 80 passengers.
    They were flying in from Warsaw to mark 70 years since the Katyn massacre of thousands of Poles by Soviet forces.

    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.
    Mr Tusk, who runs the day-to-day business of government, has called an emergency meeting of ministers.
    A government spokesman said that according to the constitution there would be an early presidential election, and the speaker of the lower house of parliament, Bronislaw Komorowski, would become acting president.
    Pilot error?
    The Russian emergencies ministry told Itar-Tass news agency the plane crashed at 1056 Moscow time (0656 GMT).

    SENIOR FIGURES KILLED
    National leader: President Lech Kaczynski and wife Maria
    Other politicians: Wladyslaw Stasiak chief of the president's chancellery; Aleksander Szczyglo chief of the National Security Office; Slawomir Skrzypek National Bank of Poland chairman; Jerzy Szmajdzinski deputy speaker of the lower house; Andrzej Kremer Foreign Ministry's undersecretary of state; Stanislaw Komorowski deputy minister of national defence; Przemyslaw Gosiewski Law and Justice party deputy chair;
    Military chief:
    Franciszek Gagor chief of the General Staff
    Cultural figures: Andrzej Przewoznik head of Poland's Council for the Protection of Struggle and Martyrdom Sites; Tomasz Merta chief historical conservator Source: TVP1, Warsaw


    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."
    Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman Piotr Paszkowski said it could be assumed with "great certainty" that no-one had survived.
    "We still cannot fully understand the scope of this tragedy and what it means for us in the future. Nothing like this has ever happened in Poland," Mr Paszkowski said.
    It is unclear how many people were on board. Polish officials said the delegation was 88-strong, while local officials said 96 people had been killed.
    Russian investigators had earlier said there were 132 people on the plane.
    Russian media carried claims that the plane's crew were at fault for the crash.
    "The pilot was advised to land in Minsk, but decided to land in Smolensk," said Andrei Yevseyenkov, a Smolensk regional government spokesman .
    Controversial figure
    The president was flying in a Tupolev 154, a Soviet-designed plane that was more than 20 years old.

    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 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.
    World leaders including Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown offered their condolences to Poland.
    Mr Kaczynski, who had fewer powers than the prime minister but had a significant say in foreign policy, was a controversial figure in Polish politics.
    He had advocated a right-wing Catholic agenda, opposed rapid free-market reforms and favoured retaining social welfare programmes.

    Story from BBC NEWS:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/h...pe/8612825.stm
    Published: 2010/04/10 11:13:52 GMT
    © BBC MMX

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    Damn. May they all rest in peace and may their countrymen find strength to cope with this tragedy.

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    Wow, serious bummer. RIP.
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    Very tragic.

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    Those are some serious positions to refill all at once. My heart goes out to the friends and family, and my support to the people of Poland.

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    Why did the Polish airplane crash?

    Because it ran out of coal.




    Polish Air Lines flight 113 was descending for a landing at an airport they had never been to before. The pilot looked out the windshield and suddenly exclaimed to the copilot, "Holy cow! Look how short the runway is! I`ve never seen one that short!"

    The copilot looked out the windshield. "Wow! you`re right! That`s incredible! Are you sure we can make it?"

    "Well we better, were almost out of fuel."

    So the captain got on the intercom and notified the passengers to put their heads between their knees and prepare for an emergency landing. Then he set the flaps to full down and slowed the plane to just over stall speed. The big jumbo jet came screaming in, on the
    ragged edge of control. The pilot`s hands were sweating, the copilot was praying. They touched down and came screeching to a halt JUST before the edge of the runway, the tires smoking.

    "WHEW! That was CLOSE!" yelled the captain."That runway was SHORT!"

    "Yeah!" said the copilot,"and WIDE too!"








    A small two-seater Cessna 152 plane crashed into a cemetery early this afternoon in central Poland. Polish search and rescue workers have recovered 300 bodies so far and expect that number to climb as digging continues into the evening.

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    Holy shit. This will be a very chaotic time for Poland I am assuming, since there is so much shit to do and little time to do it.

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    My heart and thoughts go out to the families and to the Polish people at large.

    They are some of the smartest and bravest people on earth.
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    How do they not know who was on the plane? Is it not security checked? It must be weird living in a place where you don't imagine the world wanting to kidnap/kill your leader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arjuna
    How do they not know who was on the plane? Is it not security checked? It must be weird living in a place where you don't imagine the world wanting to kidnap/kill your leader.
    Umm. There are rather alot of folks who might like to kill the president of poland, and most of them live in russia and work for the russian government.

    Not saying that there is anything to that. But you can assume that if they haven't released the passenger list from the plane, it's not cause they don't keep one.
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