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Russia Points to Pilot Error in Polish President’s Crash

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Posted on Jan 12, 2011
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Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and several other political or military dignitaries were among the 96 killed in an airplane crash April 10.

Last April’s plane crash in Smolensk, Russia, which claimed the lives of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other passengers, was due to error on the part of the Tu-154’s Polish pilots—or so say Russian investigators, drawing mixed reactions from the Polish side.  —KA

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Poland’s interior minister accepted the findings but said Russian officials had also been at fault.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk cut short a holiday in response to the report and was returning to Poland for talks with the minister, Jerzy Miller.

In other reaction, Lech Kaczynski’s twin brother Jaroslaw condemned the Russian report as a “joke against Poland”, saying the Russian investigators had failed to produce evidence.

Russia’s handling of the disaster had previously been widely commended.

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By JohannG, January 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm Link to this comment

Like many other pilots I’ve been waiting for the
results of this investigation into what caused this
entirely avoidable tragedy. Would like to read a
transcript of the cockpit voice data recorder but am reasonably certain that blame for this incident rests
mainly with the high-ranking passengers which put
such pressures on the pilots that these pilots preferred their kamikaze landing attempt to facing
the consequences of aborting the landing and
selecting the alternate landing site. Unlike the
public, Nature can not be fooled is the lesson that
politicians everywhere need to learn over and over
again.

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