[76][better source needed] The transcripts show that communication between the ATC and PLF101 was done mostly in Russian with only a few English phrases. [41] Polish investigators do not have the authority to conduct investigative actions by themselves, but they participated on equal terms with their Russian counterparts in the interviews with people involved and other parts of the investigation. Expressed lack of any document that confirms PLF 101's status under Russian law. The tail section came to rest backwards, relative to the direction of flight. He claimed that there were explosions on board the aircraft, including in its wing, immediately before it reached the tree. [44], There was some concern in the press as to whether or not Russian military ATC had the authority to issue military orders to PLF 101, as the aircraft was a military flight. The crash occurred as the Tu-154 air force jet carrying a high-level Polish delegation attempted to land in fog at an airport near Smolensk, Russia. [134], On 11 April, holding a bouquet of red roses, Putin was reported to have appeared truly distressed as he escorted Kaczyński's body to a Warsaw-bound plane. Preliminary results of the investigations were to be released on the Thursday after the crash (including the cockpit voice recordings), but this was postponed until after the weekend when the funeral of the Presidential couple was to take place,[40][42] then postponed indefinitely until the full analysis was completed. As such, all communication between Smolensk ATC and PLF 101 was carried out in Russian. Smoleńska", "Some technical and constructional aspects of the Smolensk air crash", "The analysis of visualization of the Smolensk air crash", "Are the reports of MAK and Miller's committee reliable? Many passengers were actively opposed to Tusk's policies, including: The President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and former CIA analyst, S. Eugene Poteat, has written that political violence should not be ruled out under the circumstances of the aircraft crash.[95]. It was Poland’s … [205][206] The range of such theories has been described by some international media as "dizzying"; from the idea that the fog around the airport had been artificially produced, to victims' bodies being doctored in fake autopsies, to the idea that explosives were planted on board the plane. First the flower of the Second Polish Republic is murdered in the forests around Smolensk, now the elite of the Third Polish Republic die in this tragic aircraft crash when approaching Smolensk North Airport. [3] Even without the birch tree and subsequent roll, the excessive angle of attack would have led to an aerodynamic stall approximately two seconds after impact with that tree, which would also have led to a fatal accident. [3] Another immediate cause was the descent below minimums without visual contact with the ground as well as ignoring numerous TAWS warnings. [11] Upon PLF 101's approach to the base, atmospheric conditions continued to worsen, and the fog continued to thicken, further reducing visibility to 400 metres (1,300 ft). [3] The Captain then requested and was given permission to conduct a "trial" approach. [37] The two Flight Management System (FMS) units were also recovered. [3] This led to controlled flight into terrain. Information that Polish side had not received documentation of control flight over Smolensk nor documentation of RSP-6m2 radar system used in ATC. At the end of March, after apparently receiving no reply to their first request, Poland tendered a second request for permission to fly, but did not request "Leaderman" services. The Russian investigation surmised that at this moment the flight crew saw the trees through the fog, and instinctively reacted in an attempt to escape their grave predicament. [184], On 30 October 2012, Polish magazine Rzeczpospolita reported that traces of explosives had been detected by investigators in the wreckage of the Tupolev, on the wings and in the cabin. Its task was to publish and explain all the technical evidence used in the official report. [2] However, it was impossible for the autopilot installed in the aircraft to conduct an automatic go-around from a non-precision approach. Moreover, in September 2010, one of the Polish pilgrims to Smolensk found a jaw with teeth and two other bones. [6] From the photographic documentation of the Polish committee, it appears that the origin of components of the Smolensk North lighting system was unknown. WARSAW, Poland - Poland’s government on Friday marked the 10th anniversary of the plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 … Request for source data and method of calculation of PLF 101's weight. Radios were tuned to the two Non-Directional Beacons (NDBs) present at the field, and the autopilot was set up to use waypoints from the Flight Management System (FMS) units for navigation. The Polish authorities found serious deficiencies in the organization and training of the Air Force unit involved, which was subsequently disbanded. According to the Polish committee's findings, the command to level should have been issued 10 seconds sooner, when the aircraft was well below the glide path. [123] The crash fuelled anti-Russian sentiment among far right extremists, with Polish nationalists invoking the tragedy during a riot outside the Russian embassy in Warsaw in November 2013. [3], Complicating the situation was the increased workload on the captain. The captain and first officer had been the first officer and navigator, respectively, on that flight. [3] At 9:15 Smolensk time, about an hour and a half before the crash, a Yakovlev Yak-40 jet (flight PLF 031)[3] also belonging to the Polish government[10] and carrying Polish journalists from the President's press pool landed at the airbase without incident, though conditions were rapidly worsening at the time. Differences in approach card described by Final Report and approach card received by Poland before 10 April 2010 with information that Russia sent documents without information about reference system of coordinates in document. The aircraft was flying into a valley at this time and actually descended by 60–70 metres (200–230 ft). [2][78][79], The Polish report also found three deficiencies regarding the Smolensk airport which contributed to the crash. Despite these calls, neither pilot initiated a go-around, and the descent continued. The behavior of the controller was later the subject of some criticism by the Polish media. It has also created a deep sense of grievance that has shaped Polish political life since then. Under Russian law, military flights are under the control of Russian military ATC, and permission or denial for approach and landing must be given by the controller prior to these actions being undertaken by a flight crew. [3], PLF 101[9] took off from Warsaw at 9:27 Smolensk time after a delay of 27 minutes. Chairman of the State Duma Boris Gryzlov has expressed condolences. was first sounded at 100 metres (328 ft) altitude and then repeated several times before the crash. The second deficiency was with the approach lighting system, which was charted incorrectly and not well maintained. Jerzy Bahr, the Polish ambassador to Russia also stated, "We can sense Russian solidarity at every step of the way. This was because the Smolensk airport, as a former military airfield not open to international flights, was not in the system's database and therefore the system did not recognize that the airplane was approaching an airport. [116] People waved the flag of Poland, complete with black ribbons, as the names of the victims were read out from a white stage decorated with a giant cross and photographs of the dead. ... Hawaii Plane Crash Caught on Tape ... ABC News Recommended for you. [127], Russians and foreigners laid flowers and candles at the Polish embassy in Moscow,[128][129] and at the Polish consulates-general in Saint Petersburg and Kaliningrad. Abstract", "British expert calls for further investigation of Smolensk aircraft crash that killed Polish President and all 96 passengers on board", "Poland found explosives on wreckage of president's plane-report", "Smolensk jet crash: Polish prosecutors deny explosives claim", "Fanning the flame of conspiracy theories", "Katastrofa smoleńska. However, in the transcript released online by the Sejm, the meaning of her speech was changed: that when a small piece of flesh was found, the ground was dug to a depth of one metre. [31][32][33] An Investigation Committee of the Prosecutor General of Russia started a criminal case in accordance with a "violation of the safety rules" of the Russian Criminal Code. [3], As the crew called out "50 meters", the controller instructed "level 101", telling the aircraft to terminate descent. [64] Because the terrain rises up to the runway, this could have had the effect of causing the pilot to fly far too low. Doubts about Smolensk compliance with Russian regulations because there were trees and other obstacles in an area 300 to 900 m long before the runway. "[3] The Yak-40 crew estimated visibility was 200 metres (660 ft), but told PLF 101, "you might try...(to make an approach). [6], After the nose hit, the aircraft was violently torn apart by impact forces. [80] An independent mirror was created shortly after. According to MAK's report, at 100 metres (330 ft) (Decision Height) there was no "landing" or "go-around" call by the captain. WARSAW, Poland -- Poland's government on Friday marked the 10th anniversary of the plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others by demanding that Russia return the wreckage of the plane. The crash occurred as the Tu-154 air force jet carrying a high-level Polish delegation attempted to land in fog at an airport near Smolensk, Russia. [3] The report found this discussion caused the Captain to experience "clash of motives. [14] The captain involved in the 2008 incident flew the Polish Prime Minister to Smolensk on 7 April without the President on board, but he was removed from the crew of the 10 April flight which carried the President. Doubts about reliability of protocol after control flight which confirmed that light system (LUCZ-2MU) is working properly on Smolensk when MAK Final Report says it did not. [137] The Soviets had long claimed Nazi Germany were the ones responsible. Polish explanation that, according to Polish law, Certificate of Airworthiness is required for civilian planes and is not obligatory for military machines — instead of this certificate, Polish military planes have to accomplish conditions regulated by "Instrukcja służby inżynieryjno-lotniczej Lotnictwa Sił Zbrojnych RP" (Instruction for engineering and aviation service of Aviation Forces in Republic of Poland). Naturally it will have a positive impact on the relationship between our countries." [5] The airport was equipped also with both a surveillance and landing radar. The remaining aircraft from the regiment, including the surviving Tu-154, were sold.[105]. [53], An initial report by CIS' Interstate Aviation Committee (Russian: Межгосударственный авиационный комитет (MAK)) revealed that all three engines were operating normally, and that there was no fire or explosion before the aircraft crashed. Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, at a court hearing in Warsaw in April about the 2010 plane crash. In 2017, it was announced that the British Ministry of Defence was engaged by the Polish Government to examine the wreckage of the aircraft for traces of explosives. The crash on April 10, 2010, killed president Lech Kaczynski and 95 others, many of them top Polish state and military leaders. On Sunday, President Andrzej Duda sent a message of condolence to the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo. "[61], On 1 June 2010, Poland's Interior Ministry published a transcript from the cockpit voice recorder of the crashed Tu-154M. [3], At 180 metres (590 ft), the "terrain ahead!" [citation needed] The first showing of Katyń was a political event, which was followed by a serious discussion of Polish-Russian relations by politicians and public figures,[132] and drew high audience numbers for the smaller channel,[133] with an estimated 100 million Russian viewers. 75% N2 equates to 51–52% N1 for the given conditions. [71], As part of their investigation, MAK conducted an experiment in a Tu-154M simulator to determine how late the crew could have gone around. [3] In reality, the captain was the only member of the crew who could speak adequate Russian. call was given 11 seconds too late.[72]. [3] The Quick Access Recorder, designed and produced in Poland, was sent to Poland and analysed there, with the participation of Russian experts. [200], As part of the renewed investigation, the remains of the deceased Polish president were exhumed on 14 November 2016. It sends shivers down my spine. ", "Celebrating TAWS 'Saves': But lessons still to be learnt", "Certification of Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) Installations", "Polish President Lech Kaczyński dies in plane crash", "Body of Polish President recovered from crash site", "President Lech Kaczyński's body returns to Poland", "Расследование обстоятельств гибели президента Польши поручили Путину", 'Black boxes' of Lech Kaczyński's plane found, Pilot of Polish president's plane was advised not to land, "Найден третий "черный ящик" самолета польского президента", "Poland mourns as President Lech Kaczyński's body arrives home", "Co naprawdę mówiła minister Kopacz o badaniu terenu katastrofy smoleńskiej po 10/04? Poland also set up its own committee to investigate the crash, and prosecutors in both countries began criminal investigations. Poland also set up its own committee to investigate the crash, and prosecutors in both countries began criminal investigations. [3], The main points of Polish comments are:[20], At an 18 January 2011 press conference, the Polish investigation made public the information contained in ATC recordings, and their analysis of such. One, a large birch with a trunk 30 to 40 cm (12 to 16 in) wide, ripped off about 6.5 metres (21 ft) of the left wing, including the left aileron. The service life of the Tu-154M is more than 25 years or 30,000 hours or 15,000 cycles (whichever comes first). [203], Soon after the crash, Artur Górski, a Polish MP from the Law and Justice party, claimed that the Smolensk air traffic controllers were ordered to prevent the plane from landing, so that the president could not attend the Katyń ceremony, resulting in the crash. The aircraft used the callsign PLF 101. Chief among these differences was a conclusion that the pilots were not placed under pressure forcing them to land at Smolensk, and furthermore the crew did not want to land and after reaching 100m altitude (measured by radio altimeter) and had decided to go around using the autopilot. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and more than a dozen ruling party politicians also took part despite restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic that ban gatherings of more than two people. Later Putin said in a Polish television interview: "This is of course first and foremost Poland's tragedy and that of the Polish people, but it is also our tragedy. Lasek commission's produced over a hundred very detailed technical reports, maps, transcripts, photos and videos which were originally published on www.faktysmolensk.gov.pl website. Allegations that documents certifying the medical examination of air controllers had manual corrections and are inconsistent with their testimonies where they confirmed that medical point was closed on 10 April 2010. Zagraniczne delegacje odwołują wizyty", "PACE – Resolution 2246 (2018) – The crash of Polish Air Force Tu-154M transporting the Polish State delegation, on 10 April 2010 on the Russian Federation's territory", "Opposition calls for US help in Smolensk crash investigation", "NEW STUDY: Putin's Russian inquiry into the Polish Air Force One crash in Smolensk", "Did Putin Blow Up the Whole Polish Government in 2010? As the airport is not usually open for international flights and is not ICAO certified, the air traffic controllers were not required to be fluent in English, the ICAO standard language for ATC communication. [7] The crash happened 138 flight hours after the most recent overhaul.[8]. Some of the unease subsequently fueled conspiracy theories revolving around aspects of the investigation, such as Russia's decision not to return the Polish plane wreckage to Poland. [76], Polish President Andrzej Duda, from the Law and Justice party, wrote a letter to the participants of the 4th Smolensk Conference that took place on 14 November 2015 in Warsaw, describing the official Russian and Polish accident reports as 'simply hypotheses' in contrast with evidence, and stating that the investigation on the crash is not complete. Alexei Gusev, general director of the Aviakor factory, said that the aircraft's three engines had been repaired and technicians had upgraded the plane's avionics at a recent overhaul the previous year. All that information is in his testimony. [2][77] While the report stated that pilot error was the main cause of the accident, with the crew lacking adequate training in operating in adverse weather conditions, it differed from the Russian report in several aspects. Illarionov was also one of the signatories of an open letter written by Russian dissidents, which voiced concerns about the conduct of the investigation. Share. Therefore, when "PULL UP" sounds, the crew is supposed to begin an immediate, maximum performance emergency climb (full power and angle of attack to the maximum permissible without stalling) and continue climbing until the warning stops. A list of documents, evidence, and other information requested by Poland but not received from the Russian side (First table in document "Lista Wystapien Strony Polskiej o Dokumentacje", List of requests from Poland about documentation. [citation needed]. [106][107][108] Many wept openly. "[3] The crew of PLF 101 acknowledged this information and continued their approach. Several high-ranking members of the Polish military resigned, under pressure from politicians and the media. The National Geographic TV series Mayday (also called Air Crash Investigation or Air Emergency) dramatized the accident in a 2013 episode titled Death of the President. No reason was given for the website closure. The site of the massacre is approximately 19 km (12 mi) west of Smolensk. MAK states that camera, voice recorders and photo laboratory not worked properly and a lot of information was not saved. It is unknown whether the crew really understood the ground control instruction (literally, "landing additionally, 120, 3 m"), which was issued in Russian and used a relatively recent expression that was only codified in 2006. [6], Soon after, the aircraft began hitting trees. One second after the 100 m altitude was reached, the TAWS alert "PULL UP" activated and continued to sound for the remainder of the flight. Request for source data to marker location on radar display described in Final Report. Ziętek had 1,050 hours, only 58 of them on the Tu-154. The heights of these obstacles are 15m higher than allowed (according to both Russian and ICAO regulations). Poland also provides list of documents that confirm plane compliance with that document. A Tupolev Tu-154 plane, which was carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and other top public and military members of a Polish delegation, crashed while approaching Smolensk North Airport in Russia on April 10, 2010. Both the Russian and Polish official investigations found no technical faults with the aircraft, and concluded that the crew failed to conduct the approach in a safe manner in the given weather conditions. 2010 air crash near the city of Smolensk, Russia, Wreckage from the Tu-154 at the crash site, Aviation accidents and incidents in the Soviet Union and Russia, Polish comments on the draft of the final report, Polish parliamentary committee investigation, Smolensk disaster in film, theater, music and literature, Межгосударственный авиационный комитет (MAK), The destruction of the TU-154M wreckage in Smolensk. The Polish prosecutor's office would later clear that captain of any wrongdoing in relation to that flight, and he was even awarded a silver medal of merit for national defense. Cause of accident according to Polish report: Circumstances contributing to the accident:[2], In addition to Kaczyński and his wife Maria, and Ryszard Kaczorowski, the former last President of Poland in exile, on board were the military chiefs of staff (army, air force, navy), the national bank governor, a deputy foreign minister, head army chaplains of the Catholic and Orthodox churches, head of the National Security Bureau, three deputy parliament speakers, Olympic Committee head, the civil rights commissioner Janusz Kochanowski, trade union activist Anna Walentynowicz, and at least two presidential aides and widely known national lawmakers (including core members of the Law and Justice party). Among the victims were the President of Poland Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria, the former President of Poland in exile Ryszard Kaczorowski, the chief of the Polish General Staff and other senior Polish military officers, the president of the National Bank of Poland, Polish Government officials, 18 members of the Polish Parliament, senior members of the Polish clergy and relatives of victims of the Katyn massacre. All systems of Tu-154 stopped working at 8:41:04. Protasiuk had landed at Smolensk three days earlier on 7 April in the same Tu-154; he served as first officer on that flight. 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Today the government is directed — mostly from behind the scenes — by the late president's identical twin, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who is chairman of the ruling conservative Law and Justice party. Sirens sounded and bells tolled around the country. In the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) (Russian: Межгосударственный авиационный комитет (MAK)) oversees the use and management of civil aviation. [125] President Medvedev also announced that 12 April 2010 would be a national day of mourning in Russia. The aircraft descended far below the normal approach path until it struck trees, rolled inverted and crashed into the ground, coming to rest in a wooded area a short distance from the runway.[2]. On 17 April, one week after the crash, a memorial service, including a two-minute silence, was held to honour the victims of the crash. However, they did not go around, and continued the descent. Request for document confirmation that Commander of the Landing Zone was allowed to work in bad weather conditions. ", "Przełom i szok! The official commemoration, organised by Polish Council for the Protection of Struggle and Martyrdom Sites, was scheduled on 10 April. The Advisory Committee included 114 academics. [48] According to an interview with a flight controller Pavel Plusnin[49] it was suggested to the pilot that he land at an alternative airfield in Moscow or Minsk. [19] The Tu-154 manual indicates that a go-around must be initiated at 200 m if the engines are running at or below 75% N2. [14] However, in the final report issued by MAK (The Interstate Aviation Committee; Russian: Межгосударственный авиационный комитет, МАК) – a supervising body overseeing the use and management of civil aviation in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), it was stated he had not been assigned to fly the President again since that time,[3] though Polish sources note he flew the President to New York in September 2008, despite objections from the President. If this happens, the first officer is supposed to overrule the captain, take control of the airplane, and initiate a go-around. At 10.41am on 10 April 2010, it crashed a few hundred metres short of the runway, killing all 96 people aboard. "[121] Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk stated that, "The contemporary world has not seen such a tragedy". At the time of the accident, the airframe had accumulated more than 5,150 hours in 4,000 cycles. The President and the First Lady, President of Poland's Central Bank, Vice-Marshal of the Sejm (who was also a candidate in the future presidential elections), many members of the Parliament, President of the Institute of National Remembrance, and many high-ranking officials. [166] The Marshal of the Sejm, Bronisław Komorowski, had previously been announced as the Civic Platform's candidate in the presidential election. [6], The aircraft was a Tupolev Tu-154M of the 36th Special Aviation Regiment of the Polish Air Force (Siły Powietrzne), tail number 101. Power settings for jet engines are expressed in instrument readings and flight data recorders as percentages labeled as "N1" and "N2". After a summer of protests over the cross, it was transferred to the church on 16 September. [3] The controllers instructed the captain as to the landing minimum of 100 metres (330 ft), to which the captain replied, "Yes, sir! [30], Within hours of the crash, the President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, announced the establishment of a special commission for the investigation of the accident. This was not the Luch-2MU system as the Russians stated. [210], Opinion polls in 2012 and 2013 found that one-third of Poles think it is possible that the Smolensk crash was an assassination. Russia dismissed his claims.[213]. [19] At power settings higher than 78%, this response is almost instantaneous; at idle power, it can take a full 8 seconds for a jet engine to "spool up" to full power. [3] Flight simulator testing by the investigation concluded that had the first officer completed a go-around at this point, the crash would likely have been avoided despite the violation of minimums and the excessive rate of descent. [3], Approaching 300 metres (980 ft), the navigator began calling out the radar altimeter's reading. Archbishop of Kraków Stanisław Dziwisz presided over the ceremony, and addressed President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev personally: "The sympathy and help we have received from Russian brothers has breathed new life into a hope for closer relations and reconciliation between our two Slavic nations". [3], As the aircraft left Warsaw, weather conditions were rapidly deteriorating at Smolensk. Polish officials were to secure all Polish state documents found in the wreckage, as well as electronic devices (portable computers and mobile telephones) belonging to government officials and military officers. Tap to unmute. [98][99], The funeral service for the presidential couple took place in Saint Mary's Basilica in Kraków on 18 April. The Polish Committee for Investigation of National Aviation Accidents (KBWLLP) published its report on 29 July 2011,[6] also available in English and Russian. The MAK completed their investigation on 20 October 2010. 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