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Russia blames Polish crew in Kaczynski air crash
The Fox News ^ | Jan 12, 2011 | AP

Posted on 01/12/2011 7:59:44 AM PST by cunning_fish

Europe Russia blames Polish crew in Kaczynski air crash

Published January 12, 2011 | Associated Press Print Email Share Comments (23) Text Size MOSCOW – Russian officials investigating the plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski placed the blame squarely on the Poles on Wednesday, saying the crew was pressured to land in bad weather by an air force commander who had been drinking.

Kaczynski and 95 others, including his wife, died in April 2010 when their Tu-154 plane crashed while trying to land in Smolensk, Russia. There were no survivors.

In Warsaw, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the late president's twin brother and head of the opposition Law and Justice party, sharply criticized the Russian aviation authorities' report, calling it a "mockery of Poland" and saying it unfairly puts all the blame on Poles. He said the report fails to offer convincing evidence the Poles are solely responsible and is based on speculation.

It has been clear all along that the pilots' decision to land in heavy fog at an airport with only basic navigation equipment was the main reason for the crash. However, Poles have been eagerly awaiting the Russian report in order to learn if other factors — such as possible mistakes by Russian air traffic controllers or technical conditions at the Russian airport — might have played a role as well.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: air; crash; poland; russia

1 posted on 01/12/2011 7:59:54 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish

In a related story, Russia blames Poland for Katyn.


2 posted on 01/12/2011 8:04:16 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: cunning_fish

Still looks like a hit to me.


3 posted on 01/12/2011 8:18:58 AM PST by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: cunning_fish

I hate all things Russian but this appears to be exactly what it is, a terrible tragedy laid at the feet of a pressured pilot and the lack of courage from the ground controllers to refuse permission to land. Now put those people in the same plane and give the pilot a visual of 10 miles, then I am suspicious.

Sometime things are what they appear.


4 posted on 01/12/2011 8:58:00 AM PST by Cyman
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