Death toll in Polish president’s plane crash set at 97 (With Photos)

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Jaroslaw Kaczynski, twin brother of President Lech Kaczynski (L), dughter of Polish First Lady Maria Kaczynska, Marta, her husband Marcin Dubieniecki watch the arrival of the coffin with remains of late Maria Kaczynska on April 13, 2010 in front of the presidential palace in Warsaw.

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A total of 97 people died when Polish President Lech Kaczynski’s plane crashed in west Russia on Saturday, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said on Tuesday.

Earlier reports said the number of the crash victims was 96.

“97 people – 89 passengers and eight crew members were on board the Tu-154 that crashed,” the ministry said. “All of them died.”

The ministry said that 64 bodies had already been identified.

A Soviet-made Tu-154 aircraft carrying a top-level delegation, including Kaczynski and his wife, crashed as it attempted to land at Smolensk airport in thick fog on Saturday morning.

Russian investigators, experts and Polish specialists are jointly investigating the causes of the deadly crash. Polish military prosecutors, however, have opened their own investigation into the accident.

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A woman weeps in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland Wednesday, April 14, 2010 .Thousands of grieving mourners joined an enormous viewing line at the Presidential Palace to pay their respects to Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife as their bodies lay in state.

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European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso signs a condolence book at the EC headquarters in Brussels April 14, 2010. The late Polish President Lech Kaczynski, a combative nationalist known for his distrust of both the European Union and Russia, had been travelling to mark the 70th anniversary of the massacre of more than 20,000 Polish officers by Soviet secret police in the Katyn forest in western Russia when his plane went down on Saturday in thick fog.

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A girl scout holding flowers prepares to enter the presidential palace to bid farewell to the late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria in Warsaw April 14, 2010. Poles queued in the rain for several hours on Wednesday morning to pay respects to the late President Kaczynski and his wife, Maria, whose coffins were displayed at the presidential palace.

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A girl holding a Polish flag passes the presidential palace to bid farewell to the late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria in Warsaw April 14, 2010. Poles queued in the rain for several hours on Wednesday morning to pay respects to the late President Kaczynski and his wife, Maria, whose coffins were displayed at the presidential palace.

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Mourners line up to enter the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland Wednesday, April 14, 2010 to pay there respect to the Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife .Thousands of grieving mourners tossed flowers on a slow-moving hearse and joined an enormous viewing line at the Presidential Palace to pay their respects Tuesday to Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife as their bodies lay in state.

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A hearse carrying the coffin with Maria Kaczynska, wife of late Polish President Lech Kaczynski, arrives at the Presidential Palace three days after the President died in a plane crash in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, April 13, 2010. Kaczynski, his wife and some of the country’s highest military and civilian leaders died on Saturday, when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for a landing in dense fog in western Russia.

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Soldiers stand on April 13, 2010 next to the coffin of Polish First Lady Maria Kaczynska at Warsaw’s airport on April 13, 2010 as her daughter Marta kneels in front of it before Jaroslaw Kaczynski (R), the twin brother of late President Lech Kaczynski. The body of Maria, 66, arrived on a military plane from Moscow following the April 10 crash of Poland’s presidential jet outside Russsia’s western city of Smolensk, which killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others, including Maria. A hearse waited to take her coffin to the presidential palace through the streets of the Polish capital.

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Honour guard stand in front of the coffins with the bodies of Polish President Lech Kaczynski (L) and First Lady Maria Kaczynska displayed for public in the presidential palace in Warsaw on April 13, 2010. The Polish presidential couple will lie in state, allowing Poles to pay personal tribute to the leader who died in an air crash along with 95 other victims.

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People stand in the front of the presidential palace to bid farewell to the late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria in Warsaw April 14, 2010. Poles queued in the rain for several hours on Wednesday morning to pay respects to the late President Kaczynski and his wife, Maria, whose coffins were displayed at the presidential palace.

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WARSAW, POLAND – APRIL 13: Mourners arrive at the Presidential Palace to pay their last respects at the coffins of late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria that were lying in state on April 13, 2010 in Warsaw, Poland. Kaczynski, his wife Maria and leading members of the Polish military and government were killed when the presidential plane they were travelling in crashed while attempting to land at Smolensk, Russia, last Saturday. The coffins will lie in state until memorial ceremonies scheduled for this coming Saturday.

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People are queing to pay tribut to late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and First Lady Maria Kaczynska displayed for public in the presidential palace in Warsaw on April 13, 2010. Russia united with Poland in mourning President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other victims of a weekend plane crash, as authorities helped grieving Polish relatives identify loved ones.

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