Polish citizens are coming to terms with the tragic death of their President and his wife Maria along with an entourage of senior government figures.
Families have been laying flowers and shedding tears outside the presidential palace in Warsaw.
President Kaczynski was not universally popular but his death has caused shock and dismay on the streets of Poland’s cities.
Warsaw resident Adrianna Parowska said: “It’s a great shock because the elite of our nation went there to remember the dead from 70 years ago and right now Poland is really in trouble. We are all in shock and our thoughts are with the families of the dead. Actually it’s very hard to say anything.”
Another Warsaw citizen said: “I came here to light a candle because the best president we’ve ever had has died. It’s true. I’m sorry.”
With the Polish flag flying at half-mast questions are already being asked about the cost-saving measures which meant the country’s one and only presidential jet had been in service since 1990.