The 2010 Katyń Families Association
16.04.2012

Former Polish expert accredited to the Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) Edmund Klich admitted on RMF FM radio that there was a tendency to direct the investigation into a human error factor and blame the pilots. He complained about the lack of support from the Polish government to those present at the scene in Russia.

The Former Polish expert accredited to the Interstate Aviation Committee Edmund Klich admitted on RMF FM radio that there was a tendency to point to error and to direct the investigation of the crash into a human error’s factor and blame the crash on the pilots. He also complained about the total lack of support from the Polish government to those present at the scene in Russia.

This was my impression, during my stay at the scene, [...] receiving phone calls from different Ministries, [...] that there was a tendency to point and believe in pilots error, and that they should be presented as responsible." This fits the story told by General Petelicki about alleged text messages being sent between the politicians after the crash, that the pilots’ fault and pressure coming from the High Command on board is the best option to promote.

"The experts that were with me in Smolensk did inspect the wreckage, at least some of them did, but in fact it was rather a visual inspection than examining. There was Mr. Sczepanik who saw the engines; there was Mr. Milkiewicz, who was there for three days, there were military men. But they never showed any factual results of their work.” – said Edmund Klich commenting on examining the wreckage by the Polish specialists.

 

Klich also complained about the lack of support from the Polish government whilst his stay in Russia. I think the biggest mistake was a lack of support from Warsaw to all those present at the scene; firstly in Smolensk, secondly in Moscow”.

In fact there was no support at all; neither legal nor otherwise. When we passed on information that we had not been delivered from the Russians data we required and which was due under Annex13 of Chicago Convention there was no reaction and the issue was not publicised. It was evident that the Russian breached an agreement they accepted in the first place”. Klich said.