Poland starts to exhume victims of Smolensk plane crash

The bodies of Poland’s former president Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria, who died in a 2010 plane crash in Smolensk, Russia were the first victims to be exhumed, late Monday, as part of a new inquiry into the causes of the accident.

The presidential couple, who were among 96 victims of the presidential jet crash, are buried in the crypt of the Wawel royal castle in the southern city of Cracow where the kings of Poland and Jozef Pilsudski, the father of Polish independence in 1918, are also interred.

Polish prosecutors said they would re-open the coffins of the 83 victims of the Smolensk catastrophe, in addition to the nine bodies, which were exhumed in 2010-2015 and four which were cremated. Ten exhumations will be performed still this year.

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