Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, the manager of the National Bank of Poland Slawomir Skshipek, Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Kremer, as well as journalists and other officials were killed in a plane crash during landing of the presidential plane in Smolensk.
Presidential plane with officials of the country on board left Warsaw in the early morning on April 10. President of the Republic of Poland with the delegation had to make an official visit to commemorate the Polish officers subjected to execution on the order of the NKVD in Katyn forest near Smolensk 70 years ago.
Air crash occurred at 10:56 on Eastern European time (6:56 GMT), about a kilometer from the airport in the North Smolensk in western Russia. According to the governor of the Smolensk region Sergey Anufrieva the accident occurred during the landing. Landing in heavy morning fog, in the immediate vicinity of the runway presidential plane TU-154 touched the tops of trees and collapsed. According to preliminary data, the cause of the disaster could be pilot error and poor technical condition of the aircraft of the Polish President. However, it should be noted that the presence of the President and several officials of such high rank on the same flight is an exceptional case and did not practice because of security measures of higher officials of the country.
According to official statements of the Polish and Russian sides on board of the presidential plane at the time of the accident were from 89 to 132 people, including President of the Republic of Poland Lech Kaczynski, the wife of President Mary Kaczynska, manager of the National Bank of Poland Slawomir Skshipek and Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Kremer. According to Sergei Anufriev there are no survivors in the crash. Warsaw officially confirmed the death of the president.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered the establishment of a state commission to investigate the crash and death of head of Poland.
The editorial board of the portal Privet-polsha.ru expresses its deepest condolences to the citizens of Poland in connection with the tragic death of the President of Poland Lech Kaczynski and other high officials.
Photo: The official website of the Polish President