Polish report on Smolensk tragedy not to blame Russia

Authors of Polish government’s report will not blame Russia for last year’s deadly plane clash which killed a top-ranking Polish delegation, Polish media said.

The Moskovskie Novosti newspaper said, citing info from Newsweek Polska and Fakt, that Poland will admit that Russia is not to be blamed for the accident near Smolensk which left then president Lech Kaczynski and other top state officials dead.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk received the report in late June. The results of Poland’s independent investigation are currently being translated from Polish into Russian and are to be made public until Friday.

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.

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.

Polish investigators have conducted three test flights 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 the landing site a second time.

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