Polish President Lech Kaczynski addresses delegates during the UN Climate Change Gathering held at the United Nations during the 2007 General Assembly on September 24, 2007 in New York City. More than 80 national leaders took part in the gathering. (Getty Images)more pics » Lech Kaczynski, the President of Poland, died at 60 today in a plane crash at a western Russia airport today. Among the 95 passengers killed were his wife Maria , top military officials, and the head of the national bank, according to CNN. Everyone on the plane was killed.
A piece of the plane from the crash today that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski (freakygossip.com)
It is believed that the plane hit some trees at the end of the runway then crashed. Pieces of the plane were found in a wooded area, badly burned and even some upsidedown. The President and Polish officials were on their way to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the massacre of Polish prisoners of war in Katyn, a village where about 20,000 officers were executed during World War II.
The ramifications are great, politically, militarily, and of course for the families and loved ones of those killed. The incident is being called a "great national tragedy," and Monday has been declared a day of mourning in Poland. "The entire top military brass, including the chief of defense and all the services, were on the plane," said Tomas Valasek, of the Center for European Reform. "If that is true, then you're looking at a situation, in effect, of the decapitation of the military services."
"There is going to be a huge gap in public life in Poland," said resident Magdalena Hendrysiak. "The most important people are dead."