Polish President Lech Kaczynski Death in Plane Crash?

Polish President Lech Kaczynski and dozens of Polish dignitaries and politicians were among 97 people killed when the presidential plane crashed in western Russia on Saturday.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski's death has caused the media to go crazy today.

Kaczynski, 60, and his entourage were flying from Warsaw to the Russian city of Smolensk for a memorial service when the aircraft crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog.

The death of a president is a huge deal.

Speculation surged Saturday on the cause of the plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski, with attention focusing on why the crew attempted to land despite thick fog.

Why did the plane crash? Was it an accident?

asked by Micah in Politics | 2281 views | 04-10-2010 at 04:38 PM

Polish President Lech Kaczynski's death is devastating to Poland, to the United States, and to the world. President Kaczynski was a distinguished statesman who played a key role in the Solidarity movement, and he was widely admired in the United States as a leader dedicated to advancing freedom and human dignity.

Russian and Polish officials said there were no survivors on the Tupolev, a Soviet-era plane. The Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, Maria, and a delegation of Polish officials were on the plane for a one-and-a-half hour flight from Warsaw to attend ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Forest massacre, when thousands of Polish officers were killed by Soviet secret police.

According to a list provided by Poland's national memorial committee, 85 of the crash victims were part of the Polish state delegation.

The accident was not expected to directly affect the functioning of Polish government. Poland's president is commander in chief of its armed forces but the position's domestic duties are chiefly symbolic.

As the Kremlin ordered a ‘detailed’ investigation into the deadly crash in Smolensk in western Russia, an air force official said the plane’s pilots had repeatedly ignored instructions from Russian air traffic controllers.

‘At a distance of 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) the air traffic control group discovered the crew had accelerated its downward descent and begun descending beneath its glide path,’ Lieutenant General Alexander Alyoshin, deputy head of Russia’s air force, said in televised remarks.

So this might have been the cause of the plane crash.

Poland has declared a week of national mourning as the nation struggles to come to terms with the death of its president.

Poland’s acting president Bronislaw Komorowski will address the nation at 1800 GMT.

answered by Ariana | 04-10-2010 at 04:48 PM

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