Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, the first lady Maria Kaczynska and 94 other passengers were killed in a plane crash in April 2010. Poland's President Lech Kaczynski died on the way to visit the nearby site marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre in Smolensk, Russia. The Polish public reacted with shock and grief to the disaster. Almost immediately after the news broke, tens of thousands of Poles assembled at the Presidental Palace in Warsaw to lay tributes, including flowers, wreaths, and candles.

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