The 2010 Katyń Families Association



In the early hours of the morning, on April 10th, 2010 a TU-154M plane crashed in Smolensk (Russia) a 1km short of the runway in foggy weather conditions, killing all passengers on board.

The plane was carrying a delegation of 96 deserved and distinguished patriots, members of the Polish elite, including the Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, former President Ryszard Kaczorowski, the entire general army command, the Chief of the Polish General Staff and other senior Polish military officers, the president of the National Bank of Poland, Poland's deputy foreign minister, Polish government officials, 15 members of the Polish parliament, senior members of the Polish clergy, and relatives of victims of the Katyn massacre.

An event regarded by many as the worst national disaster to befall on Poland since World War II.

They were on the way from Warsaw (Poland) to attend an event marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Forest massacre.


What happened?

The Federation of Katyn Families has asked for a review of the investigation of the aircraft crash outside Smolensk, Russia, in 2010.  In the crash 96 people, incl. the Polish president, lost their lives.



On April 10, 2010, a Polish aircraft crashed outside Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 on board, incl. the Polish president and his wife and high-ranking officials. A well-known British air crash expert, Frank Taylor, has recently carried out a review of the official investigations and found several omissions and deficiencies.



The present report was developed and is based on study results prepared by experts, academics, scientists and researchers from the United States, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Denmark, Germany, Poland and Russia, who have collaborated together for the past three years with the Parliamentary Committee for investigation of the Polish Air Force One crash in Smolensk, Russia on April 10, 2010. Research study prepared by author Kazimierz Nowaczyk, Ph.D. >>