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Polish president killed in air crash near Russia's Smolensk

More than 80 people have died after a Polish presidential TU-154 plane crashed near an airport outside Smolensk in western Russia. The Polish president and his wife were killed in the crash.

TU-154 was serving a flight from Warsaw to Smolensk. Polish Foreign Ministry said President Lech Kaczynski and his wife were on board the plane.

The president was heading for a personal visit to the memorial site where Polish officers were murdered during World War II.

In Warsaw people are bringing flowers to the Presidential Palace to pay their respects to late President Lech Kaczynski.

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The Polish presidential aircraft, a Tupolev-154, was attempting to land at Severny airport in Smolensk in thick fog, a Russian investigative committee reports. It crashed 300-400 meters off the landing path 11am Moscow time, Itar-Tass news agency reports, citing sources in Russia’s Emerge

Added: Apr-10-2010 Occurred On: Apr-10-2010
By: tommy_jr
Tags: Polish, president, killed, air, crash, Russia's, Smolensk
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