Polish President Plane Crash

April 10, 2010 by Post Team 

Polish President Plane CrashPolish President Plane Crash:Poland, President Lech Kaczynski AM, his wife and several senior officials were killed Saturday when the plane crashed in fog on landing at an airport in Russia.

Kaczynski, and a delegation of military and civilian leaders, including the head of the country, the bank of national administrative officers, the Chief of Staff of the Army and several legislators, traveling with the 70th anniversary of the massacre of Polish officers by the Soviet secret police in the Russian town of Katyn. The trip was part of a thaw in relations between Poland and Russia and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said his country Äúshares pain and grief of Poland, the African Union in the wake of the collapse.

According to reports, the pilot of the Tupolev aircraft tried to land in dense fog despite having been advised to divert to another airport. Russian officials have put the death toll to 96, including 88 who were part of the Polish delegation, according to AP.

President Obama called the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, to express condolences and issued a statement saying, “Today, the loss is devastating administrative officers to Poland, the United States and the world. President Kaczynski was a distinguished statesman who played a key role in the Solidarity movement, and was widely admired in the United States as a leader dedicated to promoting freedom and human dignity. With him were many of Poland, MA civilian and military leaders who have outstanding helped shape Poland, the democratic transformation of inspiration AM. We join with all citizens of Poland in mourning his step. ”

“Today, there are heavy hearts across America,” Obama said in a statement. “The United States values its deep and abiding bonds with the people of Poland. The bonds are represented in the strength of our alliance, friendship between our peoples, and the outstanding contributions of Polish-Americans who have helped shape our nation” .

“The United States supports the Polish people in this difficult time,” said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “As the country leader, President Kaczynski was one of the United States, the most valued and reliable AM allies. He was well known in the United States as a champion for democracy against an oppressive regime, a man whose journey took him from Gdansk Shipyard to the presidency of a free people. President Kaczynski was a tireless advocate for freedom and human rights not only in Poland but throughout the world. He will be long remembered and missed greatly.

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