Death and funeral of Lech Kaczyński and Maria Kaczyńska

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Coffin of Lech Kaczyński in the Presidential Palace's chapel in Warsaw

Lech Kaczyński, the fourth President of the Republic of Poland, died on 10 April 2010. He died in a plane crash outside of Smolensk, Russia. The plane was a Tu-154 belonging to the Polish Air Force. The crash killed all 96 on board. His wife, Maria Kaczyńska, was also among those killed.[1][2][3]

The speaker of parliament, Bronisław Komorowski, soon became Acting President by law.[4]

After the death of Kaczyński was announced, Komorowski declared a week of mourning. It went from 11 to 18 April. A state funeral for Lech and Maria was held on the last day.[5] Several countries observed a day of national mourning on the day of the funeral. Afterwards, the couple were buried together in a crypt in the Wawel Cathedral in Kraków.[6][7]

President of the United States Barack Obama cancelled his plans. He made a public statement. He spoke of his sadness and blamed the volcanic ash that was disrupting air travel over Europe at the time.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. "World Leaders React to Polish President's Death". Voice of America. 10 April 2010. http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/usa/World-Leaders-React-to-Polish-Presidents-Death-90493354.html. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  2. "World leaders pay tribute to Polish leader". CNN. 10 April 2010. http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/04/10/lech.kaczynski.tributes/index.html. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  3. "Yudhoyono expresses condolences over Polish President's death". The Jakarta Post. 10 April 2010. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/04/10/yudhoyono-expresses-condolences-over-polish-president039s-death.html. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  4. "Chinese president offers condolences to Poland over plane crash". Xinhua News Agency. 10 April 2010. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-04/10/c_13245614.htm. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  5. "Kaczynski to rest among Poland's kings, heroes". CBC News. 18 April 2010. http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/04/18/kaczynski-funeral.html. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  6. "Poles turn out for state funeral". Al Jazeera. 18 April 2010. http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/04/201041818155329127.html. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  7. "Poland holds state funeral for President Lech Kaczynski". BBC News. 18 April 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8627857.stm. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  8. "Volcanic ash: Obama cancels trip to Kaczynski funeral". The Hindu. 18 April 2010. http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article402390.ece. Retrieved 18 April 2010.