12-Apr-2010 11:09 AM

Polish President and Polish delegates perish in aircraft accident

Polish President, Lech Kaczynski, along with a delegation of Polish political and military leaders, died in the crash of a Tu-154 as it attempted to land at Smolensk in adverse weather conditions (AP/Bloomberg, 12-Apr-2010). Russian officials stated that early reports indicate pilot error was the result of the crash, with limited visibility contributing to the accident, which killed all 96 passengers and crew. The aircraft was operated by the Polish Air Force.