Aircraft Commission: 2010 Smolensk catastrophe is not a technical failure

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Maciej Lasek, a Chairman of the State Commission on Aircraft Accidents Investigation, confirmed that the causes of the the 2010 Smolensk plane crash are clearly understood by the experts investigating air accidents.

“There are no signs that it was a failure. Those engines had been functioning properly till the end. As for the old generation engines, they were responding to the pilots’ commands well enough, even above the norm,” Maciej Lasek argued in Rzeczpospolita’s program – #RZECZoPolityce.

He acknowledged that the commission’s expertise was approved by the Committee for Investigation of National Aviation Accidents.

On February 4, a new commission, which consists of 21 members (including four foreigners) was appointed to once more investigate the circumstances regarding the 2010 Smolensk plane crash.

In March, Poland’s defense minister, Antoni Macierewicz suggested that the Smoleńsk air crash, in which all 96 passengers died, including President Lech Kaczyński and his wife, was a terrorist attack. Although he didn’t name any alleged culprits, the speculation came after naming a string of events blamed on Russia.

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