I'm starting to call this event a greater work of art than even the World Trade Center...um...disasters. You just wait and see if this one doesn't galvanize everybody's attention even more than 9/11 did. Truth is so absolutely beautiful--I can't describe it. Realy, words fail me.
Well, the pictures aren't half bad, although I don't see very much fire anywhere, and who thought up the idea of shooting through mosquito netting? I'm in a good mood so I give it a pass.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is also on his way to Smolensk. In line with the constitution, parliamentary speaker Bronislaw Komorowski has become the acting president. He is expected to announce the date of fresh elections in 14 days.
Polish Foreign Ministry press secretary Petr Paszkowski said the plane crashed some 300-400 meters from the runway after catching the tops of surrounding trees. A Russian security source told RIA. Novosti that "a mistake by the crew during landing maneuvers" is thought to have caused the crash. However, Polish media said that air traffic controllers had advised the pilot not to attempt to land at the airport, suggesting that he turn around and head for Minsk, the capital of neighboring Belarus, as the military aerodrome lacked the necessary navigational equipment to receive planes in heavy fog. © AP
The ministry spokesperson also said that 8 of the dead were crew members. In earlier reports, it was said that some 132 people were on board the plane. Kaczynski was on his way to a ceremony in nearby Katyn to commemorate the memory of some 20,000 Polish officers killed by Soviet secret police during World War Two. The Soviet-made Tu-154 hit trees as it approached Smolensk airport in thick fog. © AP
Russia's Rossiya-24 television aired footage of the crash scene, showing wreckage of the plane scattered across a field with the plane's wing sticking up. The delegation also included the chief of the armed forces general staff and central bank head. The Russian Prosecutor General's investigations committee has opened an investigation into the crash. © AP
A total of 97 people died when a plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and a delegation of senior officials crashed in west Russia on Saturday, Russia's Emergencies Ministry said. © AP
Rescue workers walk around some of the wreckage at the plane crash site near Smolensk, western Russia
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to head a commission looking into the crash. Putin is currently on his way to the site of the disaster.
I don't know what it is about Russian and Polish men, but I'm starting to get really turned on! They look so stiff and blank, and big!
Polish Army soldiers carry the coffin of late Polish President Lech Kaczynski after a ceremony at the military airport in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday © AP
A steady diet of military men would do the trick, with maybe a little seafood on the weekends.
The Polish plane crash near Smolensk in west Russia that killed President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and other top officials was not caused by any technical problems with the jet, Russian investigators said on Sunday.© AP
The military airbase near Smolensk, Russia
The Polish Armed Forces' guard of honor, the president's twin brother Jaroslaw Kaczynski, parliament speaker and acting president Bronislaw Komorowski, Prime Minister Donald Tusk, other officials, as well as thousands of Poles, met the plane in the Polish capital. The body was to be delivered to the presidential palace. © AP
The plane was taking Kaczynski and a delegation of top Polish officials to a ceremony to pay tribute to over 20,000 Polish officers who were executed in the Katyn forest and other locations by Soviet secret police in 1940. The officers had been taken prisoner by Soviet forces when the U.S.S.R. invaded Poland during the early days of World War Two. © AP
Alexander Bastrykin, head of Russia's Investigative Committee, on Sunday reported to Putin citing preliminary results that the deciphered records confirmed the absence of technical problems with the plane. "The pilot was informed about complex weather conditions and, nevertheless, made a decision on landing," Bastrykin said. © AP
Russian investigators, experts and Polish specialists are jointly investigating the causes of the plane crash. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who heads Russia's government commission investigating the reasons of the air crash, flew back on Sunday to the site of the plane crash to pay last respects to Kaczynski.© AP
The mourning procession with the body of Polish President Lech Kaczynski who died in an air crash arrived on Sunday at the presidential palace as tens of thousands of Poles lined the streets to pay last tribute. © AP
Muscovites are lighting candles and laying flowers near the Polish embassy on Sunday to mourn the victims of the devastating plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and several other top officials.© AP
Kaczynski, his wife and other top officials died Saturday morning as the Soviet-made Tu-154 aircraft carrying them hit the top of trees as it attempted to land at a Smolensk airport in western Russia in thick fog. A total of 96 people on board - 88 passengers and eight crew - died. The burial date has not been defined yet. © AP