On 10 April 2010 the Polish aircraft Tu-154M was flying at least a few metres above the ‘Smolensk birch tree’. This is the conclusion reached in an expert opinion that has been in the hands of the military prosecutor’s office since 2011. The expert opinion was compiled by ATM, the manufacturer of the aircraft’s Polish black box. >>
On 10 April 2010, a Polish aircraft carrying the Polish President and 95 other people was destroyed in Smolensk. Four years later, the Russians shot down a Malaysian Boeing 777 carrying almost 300 people from the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia and other countries. Here are some differences and similarities of these two events.
A court in Warsaw has ruled that the Prosecutor must reopen the case concerning irregularities in the organisation of flights to Smolensk. "The omissions on the part of state officials are very serious. These concern the failure to provide adequate security for the President’s visit, which directly exposed him to danger. The ineptitude and incompetence of state officials should be subject to legal sanctions – said Bartosz Kownacki, legal representative to some of the family members of the Smolensk victims. >>
"The nature and frequency of errors that occurred during the investigation into the Smolensk disaster make it impossible to treat it as a series of unfortunate accidents." – Piotr Pszczółkowski, legal representative to a number of family members of the Smolensk victims.
On July 25th, 2014, family members of the Smolensk crash victims have sent a letter to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte concerning Malaysian flight MH17.
"Anatomy of a Fall" (ENG subtitles) is a documentary by Anita Gargas and is one from a series of documentaries on the presidential Smolensk plane crash endorsed by Gazeta Polska weekly. The documentary is crucial in bringing us closer to the answer of what happened on the morning of April 10th, 2010 in Smolensk.
After an exhumation conducted in 2012, after a subsequent reburial and now after over 4 years, the location of the body of Anna Walentynowicz is still unknown. So far, 9 exhumations of Smolensk victims have been carried out, with 6 bodies buried in the wrong graves and one body still missing. Now, family members of all the victims cannot be certain as to the location of their relatives.
The claim was made in a report that was published as Poland commemorated the fourth anniversary of the plane crash that claimed the lives of President Lech Kaczynski and dozens from the country's political, military and civil elite. >>
A plane crash at Smolensk in Russia four years ago wiped out the Warsaw leadership. It used to be seen as an accident. Now, after Putin’s games in Ukraine, people aren’t so sure.
by Will Cathcart >>