Special report: Polish president's plane crashes
BEIJING, April 10 (Xinhua) -- President Hu Jintao on Saturday sent condolences to Polish parliamentary speaker Bronislaw Komorowski, who became acting president by law, over the death of Polish President Lech Kaczysnki in a plane crash.
Hu said in the message that he was shocked and grieved to learn of the death of Kaczysnki and his Polish state delegation in a plane crash in the Russian city of Smolensk.
"On behalf of the Chinese people and in my own name, I express my deep condolences to President Kaczysnki and all other victims, as well as sincere sympathies to their families and the Polish people," Hu said.
Premier Wen Jiabao and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi also sent their condolences to Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski over the plane crash.
A chartered plane carrying Kaczynski crashed in thick fog near the Smolensk airport in western Russia on Saturday, killing all 96 people on board the aircraft.
Polish president killed in plane crash in Russia, pilot error suspected
MOSCOW / WARSAW, April 10 (Xinhua) -- A chartered plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski crashed near the Smolensk airport in western Russia Saturday, killing all 96 people on board, said Russian officials.
Earlier reports put the number of people on board the plane at 132, but Russia's Emergency Ministry later corrected it as 96. Among them, 88 belong to the Polish delegation. Full story