Polish president, others killed in plane crash

Polish President Lech Kaczynski was killed early Saturday when the plane he was traveling in with his wife and a Polish delegation crashed at a western Russian airport, according to the Russian regional governor.

“There are no survivors,” said Smolensk Governor Sergey Antufyev, according to his spokesman.
A spokesman for Poland’s Foreign Ministry, Piotr Paszkowski, said earlier that it was probable that everyone on board was killed.
The numbers varied on how many people were on board the plane. The Polish Foreign Ministry said 89 people died in the crash. The Russian Investigation Committee put the number at 132.
President Kaczynski, 60, had been traveling with a Polish delegation to Russia for the 70th anniversary of the massacre of Polish prisoners of war in the village of Katyn. Some 20,000 Polish officers were executed there during World War II.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski was killed early Saturday when the plane he was traveling in with his wife and a Polish delegation crashed at a western Russian airport, according to the Russian regional governor.

“There are no survivors,” said Smolensk Governor Sergey Antufyev, according to his spokesman.

A spokesman for Poland’s Foreign Ministry, Piotr Paszkowski, said earlier that it was probable that everyone on board was killed.

The numbers varied on how many people were on board the plane. The Polish Foreign Ministry said 89 people died in the crash. The Russian Investigation Committee put the number at 132.

President Kaczynski, 60, had been traveling with a Polish delegation to Russia for the 70th anniversary of the massacre of Polish prisoners of war in the village of Katyn. Some 20,000 Polish officers were executed there during World War II.

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