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Passengers died in explosion, - results of 2010 Smolensk tragedy investigation

Source : 112 Ukraine

In early September, a group of Polish experts re-examined the wreckage of Tu-154M plane that crashed near Russia's Smolensk in April 2010, killing the Polish government delegation
17:36, 26 October 2018

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According to preliminary conclusions of the Smolensk Commission, passengers of the Tu-154M plane with the ex-President of Poland Lech Kaczyński on board, have died as a result of the explosion. The Prime Minister of Poland and the head of Smolensk Commission Antoni Macierewicz announced this, as Polskie Radio quoted him.

'The assumption that we cannot finish the report over the absence of plane wreckage is false. We can do that. It is also the position of international experts of Wichita State University (USA). This university works on the simulation on the basis of the materials we have passed over,' Macierewicz noted.

The ex-Minister of Defense of Poland added that the term the commission could complete its work depends a lot on the investigation of the American colleagues. According to Macierewicz, their participation in the report preparation is very important.

The final report on the investigation of Smolensk plane crash would be published within a year.

Related: Smolensk plane crash: Explosion could occur on board before plane hit the ground

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.  

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.

Related: Tusk interviewed as witness in case of Tu-154 crash near Smolensk, - media

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