Saturday, April 10, 2010

A sad day for Poland

When I logged on to the internet early today, the New York Times site had a flashing news on the crash of the Polish Air Force Tupolev Tu-154M carrying the Polish President, Lech Kaczynski.
Even more shocking was that quite a good number of the country's top leaders and bureaucrats died in the crash, creating a vacuum of sorts.
Saddening indeed.
What was ironic was that the Tupolev crashed at Smolensk, the site of the Soviet massacre of 20,000 Polish soldiers in the World War II, nearly 70 years ago. President Kaczynski and his team was on his way to pay homage to the Polish soldiers.
But the Polish leadership met its end there.
As news trickled in through the day, it came to light that the air traffic control at Smolensk told the commander of the Tupolev not to land in view of the fog, and instead advised him to proceed to Minsk or Moscow.
The commander made two unsuccessful attempts to land, but the third attempt proved fateful. Obviously, he was confident that he would make it.
But how powerless humans are when they attempt to go against the might of nature.....

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