Skip to comments.Polish president and wife among '88 confirmed dead' as plane crashes in Russia
Posted on 04/10/2010 5:57:13 AM PDT by GOP_Lady
Pilot error blamed as witnesses report three or four attempts to land in thick fog
Poland in mourning as Prime Minister calls emergency meeting
Polish president Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria have been killed after their plane crashed on approach to Smolensk airport in western Russia.
There were conflicting reports today of the number of people on board the flight. Russian news agencies reported at least 88 people died in the crash near Smolensk airport in western Russia, citing the Russian Emergencies Ministry. They reported 132 people were aboard the Tupolev Tu-154.
But Polish officials said 88 people were on board when the plane crashed. Sky News reported 96 dead.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
My mothers parent’s came here to the United States from Poland, and my husband is 100% Polish.
Sad news. God be with the brave Poles!
He was a brave man that stood up against the evil empirre!
God bless our wonderful freedom-loving friends, the Poles.
I hate to assume something sinister but I cant help it. We are in dark times. Prayers
was it an accident?
Drudge has a picture of the plane...so far they’re saying pilot error that they were asked to revise their landing plans due to fog.
Accident? Thats what their saying. But dont they always say that?
There is a terrible irony in that they were attending a remembrance ceremony for the Katyn Massacre, a previous instance of Russian hospitality.
|Polish Victims of TU-154 Crash|
|Franciszek GÄ gor|
|StanisÅaw ZajÄ c|
Poland was a strong ally of the old USA....salute her people.
Profile links on victims on Wiki >
Yes I second that....
This is the reason why the "Big 3" flew on seperate Corp Jets. In the 60's it may have been one of IBM's competitors (Burroughs? spelled correct) that had the entire board of directors and more on board and it went down and they had to sell out to a competitor because they had no "team" left to run the organization. Kind of gave birth to the biz-jet.
I eagerly await the announcement of our FAA investigators headed to Russia to assist after Hussein demanded it. /sarcasm
Our Lady of Czestochowa, Pray for them.
RIP, friends of America.
Holy Mother of Czestochowa,thou art full of grace, goodness and mercy. I consecrate to thee all my thoughts, words and actions, my soul and body. I beseech thy blessings and especially prayers for my salvation. Today, I consecrate myself to thee, Good Mother, totally, with body and soul amid joy and sufferings to obtain for myself and others thy blessings on this earth and eternal life in Heaven.
Have we even heard from our Dear Leader about this yet?
Tragic news. Prayers.
Agree, I can’t get the image of Obama and Putin doing a fist bump over this. They both hate freedom, and therefore, Poland.
Very sad news.... wieczny odpoczynek
Dear Leader hates Poland and hated Kaczynski. He will not attend the funeral. President Bush will attend.
On 13 April 1990, the forty-seventh anniversary of the discovery of the mass graves, the USSR formally expressed “profound regret” and admitted Soviet secret police responsibility. That day is also an International Day of Katyn Victims Memorial.
After Poles and Americans discovered further evidence in 1991 and 1992, Russian President Boris Yeltsin released the top-secret documents from the sealed “No. 1.” and transferred them to the new Polish president Lech Walesa, Among the documents was a proposal by Lavrenty Beria dated with 5 March 1940 to execute 25,700 Poles from Kozelsk, Ostashkov and Starobels camps, and from certain prisons of Western Ukraine and Belarus, signed by Stalin (among others); an excerpt from the Politburo shooting order of 5 March 1940; and Aleksandr Shelepin’s 3 March 1959 note to Nikita Khrushchev, with information about the execution of 21,857 Poles and with the proposal to destroy their personal files.
So tragic. I hope I’m not being naive in thinking it really must be an accident.
Wonder if the President of Poland and his wife had any kids?
All (American at least) commercial aircraft have had CATAGORY III automatic landing systems since the 1970's. The latest have CAT III-B.
Those will land a plane perfectly in ZERO visibility with absolutely no pilot input other than turning it on. There is a "decision height", but the pilot KNOWS he's over the runway, at least.
It does, indeed, seem "incredible" in the literal sense of "not true"...
That's what Russia always says.
russia rebuilding the block?
KGB has run Russia forever.
“The NKVD contained the regular, public police force of the USSR (including traffic police, firefighting, border guards and archives) but is better known for the activities of the Gulag and the Main Directorate for State Security (GUGB), which eventually became the Committee for KGB State Security.”
NKVD > KGB
It sure seems like it.
Prayers lifted for the polish people....a staunch friend of the American people....
Only a daughter.