The plane crashed near Smolensk, 132 assazhira, including President Lech Kaczynski and his wife died. The Head of State was heading to memorial events at Katyn.
The plane crashed while landing at a military airfield Smolensk "Severny". According to one version, considered experts, the Tu-154 caught on a tree. From a strong impact on the land from the severed tail of the aircraft after the fire erupted.
Tu-154 was found at a distance of about 1 km away from the runway. The plane, according to preliminary information, was to sit in Moscow, but it was decided to land in Smolensk. The plane crashed after the fourth attempt to land at the airport North.