The Polish President Lech Kaczynski plane crash has left huge gaps in the upper levels of the Polish political and military institutions. The President was joined on board by the army chief of staff, the national bank president, the deputy foreign minister, an army chaplain, head of the National Security Office, the deputy parliamentary speaker, a civil rights commissioner, at least two presidential aides and three lawmakers, according to the Polish foreign ministry.
As far as I know, there is no video of the plane crash. But there are pictures.
According to a list provided by Poland's national memorial committee, 85 of the crash victims were part of the Polish state delegation.
Blame for the crash has fallen on the pilot, who reportedly ignored warnings from air traffic control and tried to land on Saturday morning in dense fog, snagging the tail of his plane on a tree about a mile from the airport.
Thousands of people gathered in front of the Polish presidential palace in the hours after a plane crash killed head of state Lech Kaczynski.
Crowds left red and white roses and lit candles in front of the 200 year old building near Warsaw’s old town. Though Kaczynski was a divisive figure in his home country, many were in tears.
Preliminary reports suggest the Tupolov U-154M collided with trees after its pilots ignored warnings not to land in foggy conditions.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk said it was the “most tragic event in Poland’s postwar history”.
These are pictures of the Polish President's plane crash.
The photos are devastating.
And here's a video of the plane crash.