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The new inquiry was sought by the current nationalist ruling Law and Justice party led by Kaczyński’s twin brother, Jarosław Kaczyński, who has blamed the crash on Tusk and Russia.
The team, appointed by the Polish defence minister, Antoni Macierewicz, announced preliminary findings on Thursday, and said the 2011 Polish report was the result of “falsifying, manipulating, avoiding, and hiding” the truth.
“Some of the elements were tampered with,” the commission head, Wacław Berczyński, said.
His colleague Kazimierz Nowaczyk alleged that three seconds had been cut from one of the black-box recordings, while five seconds were deleted from the other.
“These are just words,” Maciej Lasek, head of the committee for investigation of national aviation accidents, told Polish channel TVN24. He also told the Russian news agency Tass that no one deleted anything from the black-box recordings.
The accusations of rigging results are due to “an absolute lack of understanding of the principles of the black boxes and the synchronisation of data”. he said.
“The main problem of this group is none of its members have ever investigated air accidents,” Lasek said, noting that “none of the new investigators visited the accident site” in Smolensk.
Very interesting news on an old case.