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Smolensk tragedy: British Lab confirms that plane wrecked due to explosion

The study of the left wing of Tu-154M by the Central Police Forensic Science Laboratory showed the presence of the explosive materials
17:00, 10 April 2019

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The explosion became the reason for wreckage of 154-Tu plane in 2010 in Smolensk. Such conclusions were confirmed by the British lab as Polskie Radio reported citing Antoni Macierewicz, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for the Investigation of the Causes of the 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash.

According to him, the results of the research of the Forensic Explosives Laboratory of the UK Defense Ministry confirmed the results of the committee on the reason for the destruction of the plane.

Antoni Macierewicz emphasized that according to the Committee, the explosion became the reason for the wreckage of the plane.

“Nor pilots, neither the actions of some people on the board led to this tragedy but the explosion. Today, thanks to British we know this. We do not determine the nature of the explosion. We know for sure that TNR was one of the reasons for the explosion but it does not mean that we know that formula of the explosion,” Macierewicz said.

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Deputy Chairman of the Committee Kazimierz Nowaczyk specified that the study of the left wing of Tu-154M by the Central Police Forensic Science Laboratory showed the presence of the explosive materials.

“These studies include the schedules, which can be used for the estimation of the place, where the explosive substances were found and which substances were found. This analysis allowed us to make such conclusions and report to the prosecutor’s office because in June, last year we informed the prosecutor’s office about these results,” Nowaczyk said.

It is noted that it is also stated that the committee considered the studies held in 2013 by the Central Police Forensic Science Laboratory, which showed the presence of the explosive substances at 107 samples out of 215 taken.

Antoni Macierewicz added that the committee sent the appeal to the prosecutor’s office about possible commitment of the crime by ex-head of committee Jerzy Miller and members of then committee. He explained that this statement is the result of the previous studies and conclusions of his committee.

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“Firstly, the actions of the whole commission headed by Miller. The appeal concerns the negligence, falsifications, which they made and non-fulfillment of the commitment. It concerns Mr. Miller, who committed crime, when he signed the memorandum with the Russians, in which he confirms the credibility of the black boxes and agreed to the return them to the Russians,’ Macierewicz said.

As it was reported earlier, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will consider a draft resolution which calls Russia to return the wreckage of the aircraft of former Polish President Lech Kaczyński groundlessly held for eight years in Smolensk.

The draft resolution reads that in accordance with the Annex 13 of Chicago Convention, every country where a plane crash took place has to return the wreckage of the plane and all material values to the country it belongs after the completion of the investigation. The investigation in Russia was completed in 2011 when the report of the Interstate Aviation Committee on the accident circumstances was published.  

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On April 10, 2010, a Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft of the Polish Air Force crashed near the city of Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 people on board. Among the deceased was the-then President of Poland Lech Kaczyński, his wife Maria, many Polish top-rank officials and relatives of the 1940 Katyn massacre victims. The Polish side suspects that Russian flight dispatchers could be behind the catastrophe. Russia, on the other hand, insists that the airliner crashed due to the pilot’s error as the plane was landing amidst the thick fog.

 

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