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Polish president and wife among '88 confirmed dead' as plane crashes in Russia

The Mail Online Reported the following:



Polish president Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria have been killed after their plane crashed on approach to Smolensk airport in western Russia.


There were conflicting reports today of the number of people on board the flight. Russian news agencies reported at least 88 people died in the crash near Smolensk airport in western Russia, citing the Russian Emergencies Ministry. They reported 132 people were aboard the Tupolev Tu-154.


But Polish officials said 88 people were on board when the plane crashed. Sky News reported 96 dead.


MSNBC reported:


Russia's Emergency Ministry said there were 96 dead, 88 part of a Polish state delegation. Poland's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Piotr Paszkowski, said there were 89 people on the passenger list but one person had not shown up.


Earlier, several reports had put the death toll at 132. There was no explanation for the change.


"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," Paszkowski said. "We can assume with great certainty that all persons on board have been killed."


The governor of the Smolensk region, where the crash took place about 11 a.m. (3 a.m. ET), also said no one survived.

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