Saturday, September 3, 2016

Key 'Smolensk crash' recording to be released shortly: Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz

A previously-unreleased recording from the cockpit of the plane which crashed in Smolensk, western Russia in 2010, will be released in September, shedding new light on the matter, Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz has said.

The recording will uncover the real course of events during the last few minutes of the fateful flight on 10 April 2010, when the Tupolev plane crashed killing all 96 people on board, including president Lech KaczyƄski.

“True recordings of the Tupolev crew will be disclosed. These will reflect the actual course of events, not the [earlier] chaos from where it was impossible to pick out any of the words,” Macierewicz told the TVP broadcaster.

“The information is nothing new, but it will be presented in a scientific manner, [it will be] clear and indisputable. These is not new information, merely a summary of known data of the offence which the prosecutor's office outlined a year ago,” Macierewicz told the TVP broadcaster.

Earlier this year, the Minister hinted at terrorism as a reason for the 2010 crash.

A commission looking into the cause of the crash is currently being led by Macierewicz, who has vouched to get to the bottom of who or what was responsible for the disaster.

A previous commission made up of a group of parliamentarians mainly from the then-opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party concluded in a 2014 report that the Tupolev 154 plane was brought down by an explosion.

This was in stark contrast to official Polish and Russian military reports on the causes of the tragedy, which happened in dense fog on approach to a military airfield lacking ground identification radar.

The former report cited a catalogue of errors on the Polish side, while also pointing to errors made by Russian staff at the control tower of Smolensk Military Airport. The Russian report placed all the blame on the Poles. The wreckage of the plane has never been handed over by Russia to Polish authorities. 


NTSB Identification: ENG10RA025
Accident occurred Saturday, April 10, 2010 in Smolensk, Russia
Aircraft: TUPOLEV TU154, registration:
Injuries: 89 Fatal.
The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On April 10, 2010, about 0656 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), a Tupolev Tu-154M, Tail Number 101, operated by the Polish Air Force as flight PLF101, crashed during approach to the Military Aerodrom Smolensk "Severnyi", Russia. All 89 passengers and 7 flightcrew were killed, including the President of Poland. The airplane was destroyed by impact and postcrash fire.

Following the accident, the governments of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Poland concluded a bilateral agreement that the regional international independent safety investigation organization, the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), would conduct the investigation. Although the airplane was operated as a "state" aircraft, by the mutual agreement, the investigation was conducted following the guidance provided in ICAO Annex 13 Standards and Recommended Practices. As the United States was state of design and manufacture for the TAWS and FMS units, the NTSB was requested to support the investigation activity. 

For more information on the accident investigation, contact MAK at

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