The Polish commission of inquiry charged with elucidating the causes of the air accident in 2010 in Smolensk, Russia, in which President Lech Kaczynski was killed, attributed it to two explosions of devices placed on board. To read alsoFuture combat aircraft: political agreement between States “The real cause of the Smolensk disaster was two explosions in the final phase of the flight”, affirms in particular its report. The Law and Justice Party (PiS) of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, twin brother of the late president, has been advocating for years this thesis of an explosion, excluded by the previous commission of inquiry, set up by the liberal government of Donald Tusk. First hypothesis of a meteorological cause dismissed This had attributed the fall of the plane and the death of its 96 occupants, on April 10, 2010, to bad weather conditions, as well as to the errors of Polish pilots and Russian air traffic controllers . The more than 300-page report posted on the Second Committee’s webpage on Tuesday suggests that explosive devices may have been introduced on board during the refurbishment of the aircraft in Russia shortly before. These repairs, underlines the commission, took place at the Aviakor factories in Samara “belonging at the time to the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, friend of the Russian Prime Minister at the time, Vladimir Putin”. She uses cautious language, speaking of “possibilities” of installing explosives and causing the deflagration “in due time and place thanks to a coded radio message”. Traces of explosives and false intelligence The report claims that traces of explosives were found on fragments of the plane and cites the recording of the last seconds of the flight, which shows a shock followed by exclamations from the ‘crew. This noise is interpreted by the commission as the first explosion, while for the authors of the first investigation it is the collision of the device with a tree. The new report also accuses Russian air traffic controllers of having “knowingly” transmitted false information to Polish pilots. Seeking to identify the possible sponsors of the operation, the report evokes an “illegal interference” targeting President Kaczynski because of his policy opposed to the interests of Moscow. Read alsoRussia: Putin inaugurates Yamal, the extreme gas field, with Total The term “attack” is not mentioned, as Jaroslaw Kaczynski had done on Sunday, promising the presentation of evidence and asking that those responsible, “ in Poland, but especially in Russia”, are identified and punished. Moscow is refusing to return the wreckage, which Warsaw has requested for years, saying it can do so only after completing its own investigation.
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