Saturday, April 10, 2010


A nation in mourning: Poland's president and wife among 97 dead as their plane crashes in Russia

By Mail Foreign Service

Polish president Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria have been killed after their plane crashed on approach to Smolensk airport in western Russia.

Some of Poland's most senior government and military figures were also killed in the crash, as the 26-year-old Tupolev came in to land in thick fog.

The latest death toll is now thought to have reached 97.
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'A black day for Poland': The death toll included the country's President and wife, its central bank head and the country's military chief along with other senior government and military figures
Officials said there were no survivors on board the plane, which was taking the presidential party from Warsaw to events marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre in Katyn forest of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet secret police.

London-based Polish parish priest Reverend Canon Bronislaw Gostomski was also revealed to have perished in the crash.

More than 400 Polish people attended a Saturday evening service at his parish church St Andrew Bobola in Hammersmith, west London.

The Queen led the British tributes to the President and other victims of the crash.

The Prince of Wales also expressed his sadness, along with Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Tory leader David Cameron.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who personally assumed charge of the investigation, was due to meet Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk later.

A week of national mourning was declared and Mr Tusk called for a two-minute silence to be held tomorrow.

Polish parliamentary speaker Bronislaw Komorowski will act as president and, under the country's constitution, is obliged to announce elections within 14 days.
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In pieces: The wreckage of the Polish president's plane lies in woodland near Smolensk airport in Russia

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Chris Stonecipher said...

My prayers go out to the fallen and all the family members affected by this tragety.

Zuzanna Musial said...

Dear Chris,

I am saddened with this tragedy.
May all of them rest in everlasting peace.

Thank you for your prayers!

God Bless

drppanda said...

Bad weather. Sad news. There might be some mistake somewhere. Sometimes, we do not learn from our mistakes.

dyeve said...

It's very sad what happen.. God bless him!

are u one of my fallowers,btw..
becouse I recive notifications on my email from this blog..:)

Have nice Sunday!

Zuzanna Musial said...

Dear Dyeve,

Thank you for the visit, comment and blessings. Poland lost almost all the Government people on that flight.
So sad for me as I am of Polish roots.

Blessings to you,

Zuzanna Musial said...

Dear Doctor,

The plane crushed because of fog and the pilot run a little away from the runway, hit the trees, and that was the cause. Those Dignitaries were all killed instantly. Very sad news for my Homeland and for all Polish people. Thank you Doctor for your kind words.

Warmest wishes,

Kate Smedley said...

This is such a tragedy, my prayers are with everyone involved and for your homeland Zuzanna xx

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Such a tragedy is just heartbreaking and my thoughts and prayers are with each and every family member of those who have died.

Donald Swarbrick said...

Such a tragedy, it just goes to show we are never assured saftey no matter who we are.

Zuzanna Musial said...

Dear Katie,

Thank you for your prayers and the time to leave a comment, my dear friend.

Hugs & Blessings,
Zuzanna xx

Luchi Smiles said...

May there gentle souls rest in peace.

Dear Zuzanna, your new blogger template is cool!. I love it :)

C said...

Yes is was sad. A very sad day indeed.

How kind of you to make this tribute for the Polish people, Zuzannah! :)

nothingprofound said...

How sad, Zuzanna! The loss of all those precious and beautiful lives. each one irreplaceable. I feel so sorry for their families.

Zuzanna Musial said...

Dear Donald,

That is correct; no matter where we are, our life is as spiders tread, so thin. Nobody knows when the time will be up. Sorry for my sentiment, but this is a summary what you said in your comment. Thank you for your time, your tender words, those make me realize that life is very precious and shall appreciate every single moment!

Thank you,