Polish president dies in plane crash during heavy fog

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:06 PM GMT on April 10, 2010

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Always obey your air traffic controllers. That's the cardinal rule of of aviation, and one apparently violated by the pilot of the aircraft carrying the Polish president and dozens of the country's top political and military leaders, which crashed in heavy fog this morning near Smolensk, Russia. All 96 people aboard perished. According to the New York Times, air traffic controllers had recommended the president's jet land in nearby Minsk because of bad visibility, but the crew decided to land anyway. The Polish news channel TVN24 reported that moments before the crash, air traffic controllers had refused a Russian military aircraft permission to land, but that they could not refuse permission to the Polish plane. Russian media reported that the airplane's crew made several attempts to land before a wing hit the treetops and the plane crashed about half a mile from the runway.


Figure 1. a large patch of fog covers the Russian city of Smolensk and regions to the east in this visible light image captured by NASA's Terra satellite between 08:00 - 11:15 UTC Saturday, April 10, 2010. Image credit: NASA MODIS Rapid Response System, visualized using Google Earth.

At 10 am local time, near the time of the crash, the Smolensk airport reported heavy fog with visibility 0.5 km (3/10 of a mile). As seen in the satellite image taken near this time (Figure 1), a large bank of fog covered Smolensk and neighboring regions of Russia and Belarus.

Jeff Masters

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627. IKE
Quoting severstorm:

morning Ike,Same here .24 since mar 30th. Have a good day.


Too much rain in the winter. Now it's too dry.
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My neighbor's rain gauge is currently at two inches. We have an urban flood advisory until 9:00 a.m.
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GeoffreyWPB,How much rain have you had?
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It just keeps raining and raining and raining...

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Quoting IKE:
Dry as a bone here in the Florida panhandle.

.09 inches of rain since March 26th.

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Highs in the mid 80's later this week. Summers getting closer.

morning Ike,Same here .24 since mar 30th. Have a good day.
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619. IKE
Dry as a bone here in the Florida panhandle.

.09 inches of rain since March 26th.

No rain forecast for the next week.

Highs in the mid 80's later this week. Summers getting closer.
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Good morning. StormW,both the daily and 30 day SOI keep rising.

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Good morning all. Raining to beat the band here - as much as 4 inches per hour
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616. IKE
Quoting all4hurricanes:

The blob in the East Pacific died


Give it a month and things should start up.
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The blob in the East Pacific died
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true, very true. Ok i was on the tractor all day I need some shut eye, Im out!
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Quoting rareaire:
Hey Storm W was saying just the other day its time Florida has been to lucky, you know its coming!!



Hey you know StormW is only right about 90% of the time.....i still have the good 10% left that is a solid 10%....
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Hey Storm W was saying just the other day its time Florida has been to lucky, you know its coming!!

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Quoting rareaire:
Tampa as you know I feel your due!! lol


Bro don't you dare........LOL! Don't you even make a Prediction.......EARS and EYES CLOSED and NOSE TURNS TO GOD!
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nite press, stay you!
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Quoting TampaSpin:


Forgivness yes......but, as Donald Trump would say.....YOUR FIRED!


you can't fire me...I quit ; )
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Quoting presslord:
I'm totally in love with Ron White...and will cop to the poor taste charge and ask your forgiveness...


Forgivness yes......but, as Donald Trump would say.....YOUR FIRED!
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Tampa as you know I feel your due!! lol
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Well Im hoping we get right into hurricane season cause that means the nightmare known as Tornado season will be over here in the Great state of Oklahoma... It looks to be a bad spring here. We have already had hail and 9 naders. We had wind gust the other day of 86 mph. And if you have been to Oklahoma or nothern texas you know theres not much to stop it...
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Good to see Ryang has opened his blog after a long absence.
Looking forward to his commentary this season.
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I'm on your side Press
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I'm totally in love with Ron White...and will cop to the poor taste charge and ask your forgiveness...
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Hi tampaspin!
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Quoting rareaire:
Reading back it seems Presslord has been watching Ron White!! Funny but kinda in poor taste in lieu of what has happened recently. Other than thats how is everyone...

Evening All!


Poor Taste is probably a good way to put it. Hey Rare! You ready for this upcoming season. Your area could be rough IMO!
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Thats so sad that people just go on to a weather blog and antagonize people about stupid things do these guys have a life i guess not.
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Reading back it seems Presslord has been watching Ron White!! Funny but kinda in poor taste in lieu of what has happened recently. Other than thats how is everyone...

Evening All!
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i like too no have some trolls gets a round the block the Admin give them
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what the heck . Randrewx doing back here


he was banned a few years a go
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Hey taz thats pretty funny, yeah that would be something a blog with no trolls priceless!
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too bad dr m blog dont have Norton 360 we will be puting the trolls right in them
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Quoting BDAwx:

I find this comment interesting because I too see nowhere that shows an average number of earthquakes regional/worldwide, yet I've heard USGS representatives saying that there hasn't been an increase in the frequency of earthquakes.


I suppose it is possible to compile a Richter graph, to show the yearly average of recorded quakes. In magnitude or something.
Beyond me. But the info is all there.
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Quoting Tazmanian:
DO I SEE TROLLS?


Yep, you do.
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DO I SEE TROLLS?
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Quoting GainesvilleGator:
Earthquakes have been in the news a lot so far in 2010. What I don't see anywhere is what is actually considered "normal". We know the average # of hurricanes & tornadoes for an area so what is Regional & Worldwide averages for various categories of earthquakes?

I find this comment interesting because I too see nowhere that shows an average number of earthquakes regional/worldwide, yet I've heard USGS representatives saying that there hasn't been an increase in the frequency of earthquakes.
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what ever i did i don't know what yer talking about

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Ah well, suppose I'm just instigating things more by letting it continue. I'll just do what i've done the past 3 years.. Ignoring.
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no foolin straight to the point even if it hurts kinda person i figure some people don't have a problem with it others well they let it get to themselves thats there first mistake
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Quoting Randrewx:
Press is a great man, he's done so much for so little especially after the wake of Hurricane Ike and in Haiti.


That's nonsense!
He did most all of the Ike relief on my dime!
You don't know what you're dealing with here.




A troll obviously, who doesn't care that people were effected by that disaster. You DO release, that was the 3rd most destructive US hurricane ever? Press made a comment, alright his bad. But he's contributed a lot more than you might think.
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Quoting pottery:
RandrewL wont be around for long.
Comes and goes, like toothache. Unpleasant while it lasts though...
i think he kinda likes the sharp pick axe in the heart thing myself
lol
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RandrewL wont be around for long.
Comes and goes, like toothache. Unpleasant while it lasts though...
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