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Plane Crash in Poland - Polish Katyn Tragedy

Polish President Lech Kaczynski and scores of other people were killed April the 10th when the president's plane crashed on landing in the western Russian city of Smolensk, officials said.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev immediately appointed Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the head of a commission to investigate the crash and sent Russia's emergency situations minister, Sergei Shoigu, to the site.

The aircraft crashed a few hundred metres short of the runway at the Severny airport outside Smolensk, ITAR-TASS news agency reported, quoting rescuers at the site. The flight data recorders of the plane had not yet been located but experts were on the scene and the search for them was under way, ITAR-TASS said.

Kaczynski, the identical twin brother of former prime minister Jaroslaw, was on his way to attend commemorative ceremonies at the forest of Katyn in western Russia where 22,000 Poles were killed by Soviet troops 70 years ago.

The crash of his plane occurred three days after Putin and his Polish counterpart, Donald Tusk, together attended a memorial for the victims of the massacre at Katyn. The Putin-Tusk meeting there was seen as a huge symbolic advance in Russia's often thorny relations with Poland.

From now the word KATYN will mean polish tragedy twice as painful.

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