Explosion Downed Polish Presidential Plane

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Explosion Downed Polish Presidential Plane

Post by henryk » 25 Mar 2019 18:06

http://www.thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/41260 ... jet-report
'Traces of explosives’ in samples from Polish president’s jet: report

Polish Radio 25.03.2019 14:10

A British laboratory has found “traces of explosives” in samples from a Polish presidential plane that crashed in Russia in 2010, according to a report. The findings by the Forensic Explosives Laboratory (FEL) appear to challenge official reports by Russian and Polish investigators that blamed pilot error for the crash, which killed 96 people, including then-Polish President Lech Kaczyński, near Smolensk, western Russia, in April 2010, Poland’s Sieci weekly has reported.

In an article entitled "The British Have Found TNT," the weekly’s Marek Pyza and Marcin Wikło say they have established that the Forensic Explosives Laboratory, a unit overseen by the UK Ministry of Defence, a few weeks ago sent a letter to Polish prosecutors in which it said that most of the samples it had received for testing contained “traces of substances used for the production of explosives.” These substances included TNT, according to Sieci.

Around-the-clock channel Sky News last year quoted a British air accident investigator as saying that he believes there were explosions on board the Polish president’s Tu-154M plane before its fatal crash in 2010.

Previous findings challenged

Poland’s ruling conservatives have long challenged an official report into the causes of the disaster issued by the previous Civic Platform-led government, which cited a catalogue of errors on the Polish side, while also pointing to errors made by Russian staff at the control tower of Smolensk Military Airport. A Russian report placed all the blame on the Poles.

A new commission to probe the crash was set up by the Law and Justice (PiS) party, which came to power in Poland in 2015. The party is headed by Jarosław Kaczyński, twin brother of the late President Lech Kaczyński. The commission said in January last year that the jet’s left wing was destroyed as a result of an explosion on board.bThe commission said that the explosion had “several sources” on the plane.

In April 2017, the Polish commission said that the presidential plane was probably destroyed by a mid-air explosion and that Russian air traffic controllers deliberately misled Polish pilots about their location as they neared the runway.
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Source: wpolityce.pl

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Re: Explosion Downed Polish Presidential Plane

Post by henryk » 04 Aug 2020 20:05

The interim report by the Commission:
https://www.polskieradio.pl/395/7784/Ar ... 2010-probe
Two explosions on Polish presidential jet that crashed in 2010: probe
Polish Radio 04.08.2020 11:12

A probe reinvestigating the fatal crash of a Polish presidential plane ten years ago has concluded that there were two explosions aboard the jet.

The crashed Polish presidential plane near Smolensk, western Russia, in 2010. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Bartosz Staszewski, PRS Team.net. (CC BY-SA 2.5) See source for photo

The plane crash near the western Russian city of Smolensk on April 10, 2010, killed Polish President Lech Kaczyński and 95 others. It is still a source of controversy and recriminations. Interim conclusions of an ongoing Polish probe, presented to the parliament’s defence committee in Warsaw last week, said there was an explosion on the left wing of the plane, then on part of the wing adjacent to the fuselage.

‘Traces of TNT found’
Traces of TNT, hexogen and pentaerythritol tetranitrate explosives were found in the wreckage of the plane, the defence committee was told. According to the Polish probe, evidence for explosions aboard the presidential jet includes the type of the damage to the plane and the way fragments of the Tupolev Tu-154M jet were scattered, as well as the type of injuries sustained by the victims.

‘The result of a series of deliberate actions’
The Polish parliament’s defence committee was told: "There is no doubt that the tragedy was the result of a series of deliberate actions, both in terms of ​​the overhaul of the Tu-154M aircraft… the preparation of the official government delegation to Katyn, the deliberate, erroneous way the plane was guided in to land a thousand metres before the airport by Russian air traffic controllers, and also the emergencies and explosions that ultimately destroyed the Tupolev."

The delegation on the Polish presidential jet had been flying to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre of Polish officers and intellectuals by the Soviets during World War II. Poland’s ruling conservatives have long challenged an official report into the causes of the plane crash issued by the previous Civic Platform-led government, which cited a catalogue of errors on the Polish side, while also pointing to errors made by Russian staff at the control tower of Smolensk Military Airport.

A Russian report placed all the blame on the Poles. A new commission to probe the crash was set up by the Law and Justice (PiS) party, which came to power in Poland in 2015. The party is headed by Jarosław Kaczyński, twin brother of the late President Lech Kaczyński. The commission, headed by senior conservative politician Antoni Macierewicz, said in January 2018 that the jet’s left wing was destroyed as a result of an explosion on board.

The commission added that the explosion had “several sources” on the plane. In April 2017, the commission said that the presidential plane was probably destroyed by a mid-air explosion and that Russian air traffic controllers deliberately misled Polish pilots about their location as they neared the runway.

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Source: PAP

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