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Polish president feared dead in Russian plane crash

Polish president feared dead in Russian plane crash
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First Published: Sat, Apr 10 2010. 01 31 PM IST
Updated: Sat, Apr 10 2010. 01 31 PM IST
Smolensk, Russia: “Polish president Lech Kaczynski was feared dead after his plane crashed on approach to a Russian airport on Saturday,” a Polish government official at the airport said.
Russian news agencies reported at least 87 people died in the crash near Smolensk airport in western Russia, citing the Russian emergencies ministry. They reported 132 people were aboard the Tupolev Tu-154.
Polish state news agency PAP said that there were no survivors.
The Polish government official in Smolensk said that there was no information about survivors. The crash occurred about 1.5 km (a mile) from Smolensk airport in foggy conditions.
The official said that the head of the Polish army and the head of the presidential administration were also on board the plane, along with the president’s wife and families of other senior officials.
“The plane caught fire after the crash. Teams began attempting to pull out passengers from the badly damaged airplane,” said a Polish foreign ministry spokesman in Warsaw.
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First Published: Sat, Apr 10 2010. 01 31 PM IST