Polish leader, wife flown to Krakow for burial

April 18, 2010 10:16


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WARSAW, Poland — The coffins holding Poland's President Lech Kaczynski and his wife were being flown from Warsaw to Krakow on Sunday morning for burial in a historic cathedral.

The bodies of the couple, who died in a plane crash on April 10, were driven slowly through Warsaw past places linked to Kaczynski's life. They include city hall, where he served as mayor of Warsaw, and a museum that he championed on the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.

Polish Presidential Palace spokesman Jacek Sasin said the route was chosen for its symbolism as Kaczynski departs his native city for the last time.

The bodies were then placed on a military transport plane, which taxied slowly on the runway before taking off to Krakow. It was flying below the volcanic ash plume paralyzing air travel in Europe.

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