Saturday, April 10

Polish President Among 97 Dead In Russia Jet Crash

Moscow, Associated Press – Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife died Saturday along with 95 others when their plane crashed while coming in for a landing in western Russia, officials said.
"The Polish presidential plane did not make it to the runway while landing. Tentative findings indicate that it hit the treetops and fell apart," Sergei Anufriev said on state news channel Rossiya-24. "Nobody has survived the disaster."

Rossiya-24 showed footage from the crash site, with pieces of the plane scattered widely amid leafless trees and small fires burning in the woods.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, but reports said there was considerable fog in the area.

The Polish foreign ministry confirmed that Kaczynski and his wife were aboard the plane.

The head of Russia's top investigative body, Sergei Markin, said there were a total of 97 people on the plane, a Tu-154.
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