Contents tagged with Tu-154

  • 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 …

  • Polish Foreign Ministry summons Russian ambassador over Smolensk catastrophe billboards

    The Polish Foreign Ministry has summoned Russian Ambassador to Warsaw Sergey Andreev in connection with information boards placed at the site of the Tu-154 plane crash near Smolensk that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski.

    Poland expressed its dissatisfaction with the fact that the boards contain information from the Interstate Aviation Committee’s (IAC) report, which concluded that the aircraft’s crew was responsible for the catastrophe. Warsaw does not agree with the IAC’s findings, and …

  • Estonia accuses Russian Tu-154 aircraft of violating its border

    Estonian military accused the Russian Tu-154 aircraft of violating the Estonian air border last Saturday, reported Estonian Defense Forces.

    The report stated that the Tu-154, belonging to the Russian Navy, entered the country's airspace near the island of Vaindloo without permission and was there for less than a minute.

    It is noted that the transponder of the aircraft was turned on. As the Press-service of the Defense Forces added, the plane had a flight plan, but there was no radio contact …

  • 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 …

  • Two Russian military aircraft land in Venezuela

    Two Russian military transport planes landed in Venezuela on 23 March, according to flight-tracking data from CivMilAir. The Venezuelan news outlet El Nacional reports that the planes were transporting a group of Russian soldiers led by Colonel General Vasily Tonkoshkurov.

    El Nacional cites a post on Twitter by reporter Javier Mayorca, who claims that “a group of 99 Russian soldiers” had landed at the Caracas airport, where they were met by Marianni Mata, head of the Venezuelan Defense …