Contents tagged with Lech Kaczynski

  • Polish official who organized President Kaczynski’s last flight was convicted in Poland

    The Polish court sentenced the former Chief of Staff of Prime Minister Tomasz Arabski. He was responsible for coordinating the last flight of Polish President Lech Kaczynski to Smolensk in 2010, reports RIA Novosti News Agency.

    Arabski was found guilty of failure to perform his official duties while organizing the flight. According to the prosecution, the Tu-154M aircraft was not supposed to land at the airport, and the pilots did not have relevant landing maps and information.

    Arabski was …

  • Russia agrees to grant Poland access to Kaczynski’s aircraft

    Russia announced that it will allow Polish investigators to examine the wreckage of a Polish plane that crashed near Smolensk in 2010, an incident that killed Poland’s then-President Lech Kaczynski and the members of the official delegation heading to the events marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre.

    According to the information published on the website of the Russian Federation Investigative Committee, access to the aircraft wreckage will be granted at the end of May.

    "At the …

  • Poland: cause of ex-Polish President Kaczynski’s plane crash near Smolensk was an explosion

    The cause of ex-Polish President Lech Kaczyński’s plane crash near Smolensk was an explosion, said the chairman of the subcommittee on the re-investigation of the Smolensk disaster Antoni Macierewicz.

    He confirmed once again that the crash of the Tu-154M in April 2010 was not caused by a pilot error or the actions of other people on board. Doing so, he referenced the British Forensic Explosives Laboratory experts who had analyzed more than 200 samples given to them by the Polish National …

  • Poland: President Kaczynski’s Tu-154 destroyed by explosion

    The commission of the Polish Ministry of Defense, in re-investigating the causes of the crash of the president’s Tu-154, recognized the conclusions of the technical report, which states that the plane was destroyed by an explosion. This conclusion was made at the plenary session of the commission on January 10.

    “The left wing of the Tu-154 was destroyed by an internal explosion,” the commission said. In addition, it was stated that on board there were “several sources of the explosion: in the …

  • Media: Russia requested to remove important data from the report on the Kaczynski’s plane crash

    Data regarding a sharp heat increase on board Lech Kaczynski’s plane was withdrawn from the Polish commission report at the request of the Russian Federation, as reported by Gazeta Polska.

    According to Gazeta Polska, this record may indicate an explosion on board the government TU-154 before the plane hit the ground.

    "A sudden jump in temperature is difficult to explain rationally by any other reason than an explosion, especially when it started a series of breakdowns recorded on the on-board …

  • Media: remains of other people found during exhumation of the coffins of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and stewardess

    During the exhumation of the coffin of the youngest victim of the Smolensk plane crash, 23-year-old Natalia Januszko, forensic experts found parts of the bodies of five other people, as repored by Polish tabloid Super Express.

    "During the exhumation of the coffin of stewardess Natalia Januszko, fragments of bodies of five other people were found," noted the newspaper.

    The investigator in the case said that, specifically, the limbs, fragments of the palm and internal organs of other people …

  • Poland to publish correspondence pertaining to visit of deceased President to Smolensk

    Poland was able to reconstruct e-mails concerning the planning of the visit of the late President, Lech Kaczynski, to Katyn. These materials will now be published, the Foreign Minister, Witold Waszczykowski, said.

    In September he indicated that this information would be published in a few days, however, just before the publishing date, he relayed on Polish radio that it would be delayed due to the appearance of new documents.

    "At the time, there were only paper documents found in the archives, …