Crash kills Polish president
10th April 2010
Rough copy update: Polish president Lech Kaczynski has been killed in an airplane crash in Western Russia.
President dead after plane crashes
The presidential flight carrying 96 senior government minister and dignitaries was approaching Smolensk airport in thick fog when the accident happened Saturday morning. There were no survivors.
According to reports the aircraft was circling the airport when a wing hit trees causing the plane to crash. But Russian news agencies have reported pilot error could be behind it. "The cause of the plane crash was apparently an error by the crew during the approach to landing," Russian state news agency RIA Novosti quoted an unnamed official in the Russian region of Smolensk as saying.
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