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Polish Air Force Tupolev Tu-154M crashes on approach to Smolensk with Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 86 others

Polish Air Force (Warsaw) Tupolev Tu-154M 101 (msn 90A837) VIP transport has crashed on approach near the Smolensk Airport in Russia, about 275 miles west of Moscow near the Polish border. The aircraft was attempting to land in the fog. Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife were aboard the plane, according to the Polish foreign ministry. A total of 96 people have died in the crash.

President Kaczynski was on board along with his wife Maria and several senior government figures. They were in Russia to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre, where Soviet troops killed thousands of Poles in World War II.

Read the full report from the BBC:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8612825.stm

Another report with a photo:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100410/ap_on_re_eu/eu_russia_plane_crash

Copyright Photo: Jacek Fiszer. The Polish Air Force operates two Tupolev Tu-154Ms (101 and 102) as VIP transports. Sister aircraft Tu-154M 102 (msn 862) with Republic of Poland titles is pictured on approach to Warsaw.