Poland about to complete its report on Smolensk plane crash

A Polish commission, conducting its own probe into causes of presidential plane crash in western Russia, is about to complete its report, Interior Minister Jerzy Miller said.

Miller, who also heads the commission, said that the analysis of the causes of the crash has already been completed.

“We are now at the stage of editing,” the minister said, without elaborating on when the report will be made public.

Poland has repeatedly delayed publication of the report. According to most recent announcements, the report will be made public in June.

Investigators have earlier conducted three test flight of another presidential Tu-154 airliner to scrutinize the last seconds of the flight, including whether the pilots had a chance to pull the plane up and if they could have gone around a second time.

On April 10, 2010, the Polish president’s plane crashed in heavy fog as it attempted to land at an airfield near the western Russian city of Smolensk. Then Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and a host of other top officials on board were killed.

The Russia-based Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK), along with leading flight safety experts, laid the blame for the crash on the Polish crew. Polish politicians denounced the report, saying it was one-sided or a cover-up.

WARSAW, May 14 (RIA Novosti)

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