Putin vows to uncover plane crash cause

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has vowed to find what caused the plane crash of Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski on Saturday.

Putin will head the inquiry into the accident that killed the Polish head of state and 96 others when his plane came down in Smolensk, western Russia.

The Russian premier said: “Everything must be done to establish the reasons for this tragedy in the shortest possible time.”

Reports indicate the pilot ignored requests to reroute to another airport weather shrouded the runway.

Kaczynski, along with several senior government figures, was his way to a rememer service for the victims of the Katyn massacre.

Poland’s Prime Minister joined Putin last night at the scene to pay their respects to the late president.

Relations between the two countries have long been strained and Kaczynski was a vocal critic of Putin’s efforts to restore Russia’s influence in central and eastern Europe.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland’s main opposition Law and Justice Party, has visited the site where his twin brother died.

He flew in late Saturday to help identify some of the bodies.