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10/04/2010 President of Poland is killed in plane crash

Polish aircraft carrying 89 passengers and 7 crew members crashed into the forest near Smolensk in Russia. The accident proved to be fatal for everyone on the board. Besides the number of parliament members, military officers and other officials, there was also the President of Poland Lech Kaczyński with his wife Maria.


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  • Background 

  • Flight sequence 

  • Initial investigation 

  • Causes 

  • Notable passengers 

  • Political aftermath 

  • Reactions 

  • Polish parliamentary committee investigation 

  • New Polish investigation 

  • Conspiracy theories 

  • In popular culture 

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