Jaroslaw Kaczynski shares something tragic in common with thousands of people, having lost a loved one due to an airline accident. Unlike most people, he is also the twin brother of Polish ex-President Lech Kaczynski.
His twin brother (pictured, in 2006) was one of many in the upper reaches of Polish government who died in a tragic crash en route to the Katyn Forest, a site of mourning for many Poles. Now Jaroslaw will run for president in elections to be held this June, according to the New York Times. The two had founded the Law and Justice party, which faced stiff competition this election over economic issues.
There are questions about whether or not Kaczynski will succeed based on the emotional support he has received because of the tragedy contrasted with the number of party members who perished when the Russian airliner attempted to land in adverse conditions. But the lessons for companies and vacationers need not rest on the shoulders of Polish mourners.
Many companies and governments choose to split leaders up among different flights to protect against the kind of decimation that occurred in the Polish leadership. Having contingency plans in place before you take off can help whether you’re a senior executive, or a couple who made sure to pack extra clothes in a carry-on in case luggage went astray.
Travel is not automatic, and accidents can be minor like lost bags or major as the events of recent weeks have shown for Poland. Foresight and planning can, however, help to minimize them.
[Credit: White House]