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Body of Polish Prez's wife identified

world Updated: Apr 13, 2010 14:20 IST

Three days after the crash of Polish President Lech Kaczynski's aircraft that killed all 96 people aboard in Western Russia, the body of his wife Maria was identified with the help of her wedding ring and sent to Warsaw by a special plane.

The body was identified on Monday with the help of Maria's wedding ring bearing her husband's name.

It was sent to the Polish capital on Monday by a special aircraft, a day after President Kaczynski's body was transported to Warsaw after being identified by his twin brother Jaroslaw.

Rescuers were yet to recover nine bodies from the wreckage of the Tu-154 aircraft, which crashed on Saturday in Russia's western Smolensk region while attempting to land in dense fog.

"So far 87 bodies have been recovered from the crash site and nine out of its 96 passengers are still missing. They could be under the large pieces of wreckage spread over large area in the forest," a search official said.

He said, a road is being laid to bring in heavy lifting equipment to move the large pieces of the wreckage.

So far 45 bodies have been identified, Russian Health and Social Development Minister Tatiana Golikova said.

"The procedure of identification will continue for more than 54 relatives (of the deceased), who arrived here yesterday," Golikova said