The wreckage of the presidential Tu-154. 2010
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The Commission is investigating on the Polish side the crash of the presidential Tu-154 near Smolensk, has received records of negotiations with the Russian managers. In Warsaw said that the controllers could give the crew the wrong information
The head of the Polish Commission investigating the plane crash near Smolensk, which killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski, said that the Commission was new evidence that managers of the airport could bring the crew astray. About Vaclav Barcinski said on air of the Polish television (TVP).
According to him, the Commission came to record conversations in the tower control of flights in the airport of Smolensk. They are, in the opinion of Birchanskogo suggest that managers could convey to the crew the wrong information.
“We have records. They are different from what we had previously. They differ from the records from the tower and aircraft that we have. There is a clear contradiction,” — said Berzinski.
He did not specify in what way the Commission has received records of negotiations of dispatchers on the tower, however, added that until now the Commission had a recording of conversations between the crew and the tower. “The new record directly from the tower. They are in conflict with those which we still heard,” — said Berzinski.
The official argues that managers could pass on crew the wrong information about the distance to the runway, that could affect the landing and subsequent crash.
The Tu-154, which was carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, as well as representatives of the military high command and senior officials, crashed on 10 April 2010 near Smolensk. The crash killed 96 people.
Investigating the cause of the crash was done by the international aviation Committee (IAC). In January 2011 it published a report on the investigation into the crash, in which the main perpetrators of the incident called the pilots, who refused to go to the alternate. The experts of the IAC concluded that the pilots acted under pressure, which they had aboard, Polish officials, in particular air force commander of Poland Andrzej Blasik.
In may 2016, the Minister of defense of Poland, Anthony Macierewicz said that the former Polish authorities conceal the true causes and the course of events during a disaster. Macierewicz, stressed that the government “hid key documents, including the latter stages of the flight Tu-154, and “misinformed society.” According to the Minister, the military intelligence and counterintelligence has not undertaken any analysis of the information available about the crash near Smolensk.
In may 2015 Main military Prosecutor’s office of Poland has charged two managers of the airport of Smolensk accusations of involvement in the crash of Polish President’s plane. Found them guilty of “unintentionally bringing before the crash”. Prosecutors decided that “in case of bad weather, the Russian side was obliged to transfer the Tu-154 to another airport.”
The investigative Committee of the Russian Federation categorically rejected the accusations against the Russian air traffic controllers of the airport of Smolensk, who worked the day of the disaster. In Raman said that the Russian controllers working at the airport of Smolensk on the day of the crash of the Polish President, acting in accordance with instructions and with international standards.
In March 2016 the District court in Warsaw started the case five Polish officials accused of dereliction of duties during the flight to Smolensk. There appeared before the court, the former head of the Prime Minister’s office Tomasz Arabic, two employees of the office and two diplomats from the Embassy of Poland in Moscow.