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The Polish Prosecutor General’s office said in a communiqué that the possible causes of the Smolensk tragedy are these: a technical failure, a crew mistake, poor flight management and security, and third party’s actions. Thus, there’re four versions at the moment. The latter means a terrorist attack or pressure that was put on the crew.
According to the earlier reports, shortly before the crash President Lech Kaszynski himself gave his pilots an order to land, ignoring the fact that the air traffic controllers said that it would be no good to land at the Smolensk Airport in thick fog and advized him to land at a reserve airfield.
Many experts are of the opinion that the overwhelming majority of specialists in this field understood perfectly well from the very beginning that the Kaszynski plane crash was caused by the violation of flight standards and laws, meaning, among other things, an attempt to land a plane under conditions, which did not allow to do that. Neither from the point of view of plane or crew capacity nor from the point of view of airfield capacity. Which means that low-level cloudiness and fog visibility were below the minimally acceptable standards for all the three components.
And the information that was received by the Polish journalists on Thursday to the effect that the Polish Air Force One took off one hour later than was planned offers proof. As a result, the pilots, most likely, were forced to give up landing at a reserve airfield because in this case the President would have been late for the Katyn memorial events, which were of great political significance.
Russia is going to hand over its materials of the investigation into the recent air crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski, to Poland, General Prosecutor Yury Chaika said Thursday, meeting the Polish delegation in Moscow. The materials will include copies of black box data recorder. Chaika denied the information of some mass media that the Russian side was hiding part of the information on the catastrophe. He also said he excludes the versions of an explosion, fire, engine failure and other emergency situations on board.