Sunday, April 11, 2010
Polish President and staff die in fatal plane crash in Western Russia
Yesterday, Polish President Lech Kaczyński, his wife, and nearly one hundred high ranking politicians and staff were killed as their plane crashed while attempting to land in heavy fog.
In a twist of bitter irony, the plane was en route to attend a memorial for the Katyn massacre, the first one openly supported by the Russian government. Medvedev and Putin offered their condolences to the families of the victims and the Polish people.
The accident is still being investigated, but is believed to be a pilot error due to heavy fog. The pilot was warned that the fog at the airport was too thick, and that he should divert to another airport. The pilot decided to attempt a landing anyways, resulting in everyone on board dying.