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VanCity 04-11-2010 03:45 PM

Polish president killed in plane crash

Polish President Lech Kaczynski and some of the countryís highest military and civilian leaders died on Saturday when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia, killing 97, officials said.

Russian and Polish officials said there were no survivors on the 26-year-old Tupolev, which was taking the president, his wife and staff to events marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre in Katyn forest of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet secret police.

The crash devastated the upper echelons of Polandís political and military establishments. On board were the army chief of staff, the navy chief commander, and heads of the air and land forces. Also killed were the national bank president, deputy foreign minister, army chaplain, head of the National Security Office, deputy parliament speaker, Olympic Committee head, civil rights commissioner and at least two presidential aides and three lawmakers, the Polish foreign ministry said.
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cloak 04-11-2010 05:19 PM

yeah saw this yesterday, really wild stuff. i mean has there ever been a situation in modern history where vast majority of a countries political leaders have been wiped out, including the president? certainly not in an accident i'm guessing, perhaps in a coup or warfare though

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