Poland Marks Fifth Anniversary of Smolensk Air Disaster

A memorial ceremony near Smolensk, Russia on April 10, marked the fifth anniversary of the air crash that killed 96 people. The victims included Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria, Ryszard Kaczorowski, the last Polish President in exile, along with a number of political, public, and military figures. The plane crash-landed in heavy fog on April 10, 2010, just short of the runway at Smolensk North Airport.

According to the BBC, the investigation into the crash is ongoing. On the same day, Radio Poland reported that Warsaw city councillors had agreed to erect a memorial to the crash victims at Pilsudski Square in the Polish capital.

A Polish delegation to Smolensk was led by the Prime Minister’s chief of the chancellory, Jacek Cichocki, and Minister for Culture and National Heritage, Malgorzata Omilanowska, seen here in this footage. Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty