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SK tells about the investigation of the crash of the Polish “Tu-154M” in Smolensk

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The investigative Committee of Russia continues to investigate the criminal case on the crash of the Polish presidential plane Tu-154M in Smolensk in 2010.

The version of a possible explosion on Board the plane was not confirmed. The arguments of foreign experts about the presence of traces of explosives were completely refuted by experts who conducted numerous forensic examinations both in Russia and in Poland.

“According to the conclusions of experts, the fragments of the Polish Tu-154M aircraft, as well as the remains of the victims, did not show traces of explosives, as well as substances that are not typical for the materials of the aircraft’s structural elements and products of its operation,” said Svetlana Petrenko, an official representative of the Russian IC on Friday, April 10.

According to the investigation, the flight took place in difficult weather conditions. The commander of the aircraft should have made a decision to leave for a reserve airfield, but did not do so. The subsequent erroneous actions of the crew, who continued the approach in the absence of visibility, and did not respond to the early warning system of the approach of the earth, led to the tragedy.


The airliner collided with a tree at an altitude of about 11 m. The plane’s wing part was torn off, after which the liner began to rotate and a few seconds later fell to the ground in an inverted position.


“The fragments of the Polish plane seized during the inspection of the scene were examined and recognized as material evidence in the criminal case,” the representative of the Investigative Committee added.

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The investigation has organized conditions for storing evidence that exclude damage and damage, as well as ensuring security.

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As part of the investigation, Russian investigators have repeatedly provided assistance to the Polish competent authorities in conducting joint inspections of the wreckage of parts of the aircraft. The Polish side was granted access to the Tu-154M units, subassemblies and structural elements stored at the Smolensk (Severny) airfield.


Joint inspections were carried out by employees of the Main investigative Department, the Main Department of criminalistics (Criminalistics center) of the Russian criminal code and representatives of the national Prosecutor’s office of Poland using photo and video shooting. The results of all procedural actions were transferred to the Polish side in accordance with the procedure established by international agreements and Russian legislation. In total, the Investigative Committee executed more than 40 requests from the Polish side.

The Russian investigative Committee recalls its openness to full and comprehensive cooperation with the Polish side on the issue of investigating the circumstances of the Tu-154M crash.


In the summer of 2019, the Warsaw district court found guilty the former head of the office of the Polish Prime Minister Tomasz Arabski in the case of the plane crash near Smolensk in 2010. He was accused of criminal negligence that led to the crash of the liner on April 10, 2010, which was carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his representative delegation.


The convict did not try to prevent the flight, knowing that there was no airfield in Smolensk on which it was possible to land an air court.


He was sentenced to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years.

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In 2018, the Russian IC did not find confirmation of the Warsaw version of the explosion on Board the plane. The Tu-154 crashed on landing at Smolensk-Severny airport on April 10, 2010. 96 people were killed, according to the TFR, the tragedy was caused by a combination of factors, including erroneous actions of the crew.

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