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Polish President Killed in Air Crash

The only news featuring in the news here in Poland today is of the tragic death of the Polish president Lech Kaczyński, his wife Maria, numerous other politicians, senior Polish military officers, members of the Polish clergy, and relatives of victims of the Katyn massacre. The final death toll is believed to be around 100. The plane a Polish Air Force Tupolev aircraft had left Warsaw to attend an event marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre and crashed on its approach to Smolensk in Russia. Several theories have already emerged as to the cause of the crash, which reportedly happened in thick fog.

Polish aircraft

Lech Kaczynski

Lech Aleksander Kaczyński was a Polish lawyer and right-wing politician. He was President of Poland from 2005 until his death in an air crash in April 2010, aged 60. He also seved as Mayor of Warsaw from 2002 until December 2005.

Lech Kaczynski

As a child, Lech starred in a well-loved Polish film, ‘The Two Who Stole the Moon’ (O dwoch takich, co ukradli ksiezyc) with his twin brother Jaroslaw. In 2001 he founded the conservative political party ‘Law and Justice’ (Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc / PiS) with his brother Jarosław.

Page updated: 10th April 2010.

Related page on Polish Poland: Jarosław Kaczyński.