Contents tagged with Smolensk air crash

  • Poland finds new evidence of Polish officials' guilt in crash of Kaczynski's Tu-154

    In recent weeks, new evidence has been revealed regarding omissions by Polish officials during preparations for President Lech Kaczynski's Smolensk visit. The evidence has been added to the investigation of what is being called ‘diplomatic treason’ that occurred during the preparation for the visit.

    The head of the Polish National Prosecutor’s Office, Polish Deputy Attorney General National Prosecutor of Bogdan Święczkowski, stated this, reports Ukrinform.

    "The last weeks and months have …

  • Poland demands access to site of Smolensk air crash from Russia

    Polish Undersecretary of State Bartosz Cichocki handed a note of protest to the Russian Ambassador to Poland, Sergey Andreev, over impediments to accessing to the site of the Smolensk air crash, as outlined in a statement of the Polish Foreign Ministry.

    "During today's meeting, MFA Undersecretary of State Bartosz Cichocki handed a diplomatic note to the Russian Federation's Ambassador, Sergey Andreev, and expressed Poland’s serious concern regarding impediments to accessing the site where the …

  • Russia denies explosion mark findings on President Kaczynski's plane

    The Polish state sub-commission conducting investigation into  the crash of President Lech Kaczyński’s Tu-154M plane said that the wing wreckage shows signs of an explosion which are not related to the collision with the birch, but the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) dismissed this claim as “baseless”, Interfax reports.

    “It is absolutely incomprehensible what these subsequent findings of the Polish experts are based on. When ballistic and explosive experts’ examinations were done …

  • Polish commission: Left wing of crashed President Kaczynski's plane shows traces of explosion

    A Polish commission, which is engaged in a second investigation of the Smolensk disaster, said that there are traces of an explosion on the left wing of the aircraft.

    This was stated by the press secretary of the commission, Marta Palenek, as reported by Polish news agency RMF24.

    “At the last plenary meeting of the commission on July 25, an agreement was reached on the main reasons for the destruction of the left wing of the Tu-154M,” she said.

    According to the commission, “the destruction …

  • Exhumation of victims of Smolensk crash revealed 8 bodies in the coffin of Polish Admiral

    Body bags, a bucket, and a yellow polyethylene packet with the remains of eight other people were discovered in the coffin with the remains of Admiral Andrzej Karweta, the Polish naval commander-in-chief who died on April 2010 in the Tu-145 plane crash near Smolensk, Polskie Radio reported.

    According to the report, the shocking details related to the exhumation of Polish Admiral Karweta’s remains were announced at a press conference on August 8 by his widow Mariola Karweta. The exhumation was …

  • Polish prosecutors question President of the European Council in connection with Smolensk air disaster

    Polish investigators questioned the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, regarding the investigation into the plane crash near Smolensk in 2010, Deutsche Welle reports.

    The questioning was held on Thursday, August 3rd. Tusk, who was the Prime Minister of Poland during the Smolensk disaster, has been accused of violating the autopsy process of those that the crash victims.

    Prior to the questioning, Tusk stated that he had "no doubt" about reasons behind him being summoned to the …

  • 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 asked the US for help in putting pressure on Russia regarding the Smolensk plane crash

    Poland hopes for US assistance in filing a complaint against Russia to the international court regarding the Smolensk air crash, as stated by Polish Foreign Minister, Witold Waszczykowski, after a meeting with US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, RIA Novosti reported.

    "Regarding the Smolensk crash, we are interested in any kind of assistance; technical assistance with the investigation, as well as political assistance in the form of pressure on Moscow," he said.

    Waszczykowski noted that …

  • Poland's Military Counterintelligence Service sent a 'top secret' statement on the Smolensk crash to the prosecutor's office

    The head of the Military Counterintelligence Service of Poland (SWK), Piotr Bączek, said that new information was sent to the prosecutor's office concerning the crash of the presidential plane near Smolensk, as reported by Radio Poland.

    "The statement is top secret and concerns an organized visit to Smolensk. It also contains information on contacts and cooperation between the Military Counterintelligence Service and the Federal Security Service (FSB)." The hearing for the former Polish Prime …

  • Poland says that President Kaczynski’s plane started to disintegrate while still in the air

    The subcommission for the investigation of the Smolensk air crash at the Ministry of Defense of Poland believes that Lech Kaczynski's plane began to disintegrate while it was still in the air.

    “The plane began to disintegrate in the air and began to lose pieces, which fell to the ground, even before it hit the birch tree. The birch tree did not play a role in the outcome of the disaster in any way,” the head of the subcommittee, Vaclav Berczyński, said while on air with TVP Info television …