Smolensk Air Disaster
Smolensk air disaster occurred on 10 April 2010, when a Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft of the Polish Air Force crashed near the Russian city of Smolensk, killing all 96 people on board. 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. The group was arriving from Warsaw to attend an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the massacre, which took place not far from Smolensk.
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.
The governing since year 2015, Law and Justice (PiS) party has opened a new commission to find out what led to the crash as the Polish presidential plane was attempting to land at the Smolensk military airport. Macierewicz’s Commission published recently Technical Report. The copy of full report is available in Polish on our website.