April 11, 2010 — Mourners shed tears for Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash early Saturday morning. Weather might have played a large role in the incident. Chris St. Clair explains what fog is.
Poland was full of mourning Sunday when hundreds gathered for morning Mass to mark the loss of President Lech Kaczynski and other Polish elites who were on the same fatal flight. People left flowers and written condolences to display their grief. A nationwide two-minute silence was scheduled at noon.
Meanwhile, crowds packed into a Warsaw cathedral on Saturday evening to attend Mass. The church service was relayed over loudspeakers.
The President was killed along with his wife and several other top Polish officials when their plane crashed on approach to an airfield in western Russia. They were headed to an event that would mark the 70th anniversary of a massacre of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet secret police.
At the time of the incident, there was said to be heavy fog surrounding the runway. Readings from a nearby weather station showed that visibility was only 500 metres about an hour prior to the time of the crash.
Other elites aboard the flight included Poland's army chief of staff, the navy chief commander, and heads of the air and land forces. The bodies of the president and his wife were expected to arrive in Warsaw by early afternoon.