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10 Apr, 2010 17:40

Polish president killed in air crash near Russia's Smolensk

All 96 people on board have died after a Polish presidential TU-154 plane crashed near an airport outside Smolensk in western Russia. The Polish president and his wife were among the killed.

The head of the foreign affairs committee of the Russian Federation Council, Mikhail Margelov, also believes the investigation into the crash will be thorough and open.

“I think the combined efforts could only bring us to the truth about what really happened this morning near the city of Smolensk,” he said.

Meanwhile Poland will conduct its own investigation into the accident independently from Russia, the Polish Prosecutor General said.