The Guardian – Will Poland ever uncover the truth about the plane crash that killed its president?

(The Guardian) – Many Poles still believe the Smolensk air crash, in which President Lech Kaczyński died in 2010, was the result of Kremlin foul play. Now the party led by Kaczyński’s twin brother, Jarosław, is back in power, and searching for answers.


The tips of the birch trees barely pierced the fog. The aerial visibility on the approach to Smolensk in western Russia was just 200 metres. On its final approach, the Tupolev’s warning system repeatedly sounded: “Pull up, pull up.” But the crew of the aircraft appeared to react too late. At 10.41am on 10 April 2010, it crashed a few hundred metres short of the runway, killing all 96 people aboard.

The plane was carrying the Polish president, Lech Kaczyński, his wife, the country’s central bank chief, several MPs and its most senior military figures.

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