Polish President Lech Kaczynski and several other top government officials killed result of plane crash. The President and several other upper members of Polish government were killed when their plane crashed outside of Smolensk, Russia. The President and others were flying in a Tu-154 and missed the runway of the Smolenzk-Severnyl miliarty airport just before 11:00 a.m. local time. Fog was to blame for the crash, which impeded the planes first three landing attempts. Initial estimates by Polish officials claim that 88 people have died as a result of the crash. Russia's Ministry of Emergency situations claim that 96 people have diet while Russia's Investigative Committee estimating 132 people have died. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Piotr Paszkowski issued a statement which said "We still cannot fully understand the scope of this tragedy and what it means for us in the future. Nothing like this has ever happened in Poland. We can assume with great certainty that all persons on board have been killed."
President Kaczynski, his wife and top officials Slawomir Skrzypek the president of the National Bank of Poland, the Army Chieft of Staff and Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Kremer were among the victims of the tragic crash. Governor Sergei Antufiev of Smolensk reported to Russian TV News Rossiya-24, details of the crash. Antufiev stated: "the plane 'clipped the tops of the trees, crashed and broke into pieces. There were no survivors."
The Polish cabinet and other government representatives will convene this afternoon to discuss plans going forward. The Polish Constitution states that the speaker of the Sejm or lower house of Parliament, will become interim head of state in the event of a president's death until presidential elections can occur within two months of the president's death. The first deputy of the president of the National Bank of Poland, Piotr Wiesiolek will be come interim governor of the bank until Parliament appoints a new governor proposed by the President.
Officials are investigating the official cause of the crash.