Russians Say Crew Was Told To Divert

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Officials in the Russian region where a planecrash killed Poland's president and 95 others yesterday say Russiandispatchers had asked the plane's Polish crew members to divertfrom the military airport where they were trying to land.

They say controllers didn't want the plane to try to land inthick fog, and told the crew to land instead in Moscow or in Minsk.

The plane crashed during the landing attempt, killing everyoneon board -- including many Polish political, military and churchleaders.

Russia's transport ministry says Russian and Polishinvestigators have started to decipher the flight data records fromthe aging Soviet-built airliner.

Former Polish president Lech Walesa saysit's too soon to cast blame for the crash. He says he doesn't thinkthe pilot would have decided on his own to attempt the landing.Walesa says whenever he has flown, the crew members have alwaysasked the leaders who are on board what they want to do.

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