Polish President dies in Russian plane crash

Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife died today along with 130 others when their plane crashed while coming in for a landing in western Russia, officials said.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife died today along with 130 others when their plane crashed while coming in for a landing in western Russia, officials said.

The governor of the Smolensk region, where the crash took place about 11am local time (7am Irish time), said no one survived.

“The Polish presidential plane did not make it to the runway while landing. Tentative findings indicate that it hit the treetops and fell apart,” Sergei Anufriev said on state news channel Rossiya-24. “Nobody has survived the disaster.”

The Polish foreign ministry confirmed that Mr Kaczynski and his wife were aboard the plane.

The head of Russia’s top investigative body, Sergei Markin, said there were a total of 132 people on the plane, a Tu-154.

Scores of senior figures from the Polish government and military are also believed to have died in the crash near the city of Smolensk in Russia this morning.

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