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Published:April 11th, 2010 09:47 EST
96 Die in Plane Crash in Smolensk (Russia)

96 Die in Plane Crash in Smolensk (Russia)

By Askin Ozcan (Mentor)

- 96 people in the plane all died. Passengers were top level government officials from Poland and top level military commanders. They were going to visit the Polish cemetery in Russia, where 22,000 Poles killed by Stalin in 1940 are buried. This cemetery was a major subject of dispute between Russia and Poland.

- The crash can be an accident or a conspiracy. Turkish PM Erdogan said "Let`s hope it was only an accident." World media is speculating about a conspiracy.

- Polish technical authorities pointed out many times, the plane - a Tupyolev- was 200 years old and should not be used anymore, but financial difficulties did not permit it be changed. This is the 63rd accident that has occurred in the same type of airplane. Russian flight authorities had recommended that the plane`s pilot land at Moscow or Minsk due to heavy fog at Smolensk where the plane crashed. But, the pilot did not listen.

-A professor at Warsaw University said: "This tragic accident will change the history of Poland."

The plane had the top intellectuals of Poland. Now, according to the Polish law, a new election has to be made.