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Planes. Smolensk incident: Poland calls for arrest of Russian controllers

Ten years ago the Polish president and many other politicians died

Ten years ago: on April 10, 2010, a Tupolev Tu-154M aircraft of the Polish Air Force crashed while landing about 20 kilometers from the Russian city of Smolensk, killing 89 passengers and 7 members (read AVIONEWS). This incident greatly affected public opinion due to the presence on board of the then Polish president, his wife, the chief of the armed forces of this country, the president of the national bank and the deputy foreign minister. After two decades, the spotlight is again on this misfortune.

Warsaw Attorney General's Office decided to officially reopen the case, pointing the finger at the Russian air traffic controllers who were in Smolensk; the request is explicit, responsible employees must be arrested because of an "act deliberately provoked by Moscow" (read also the article published by AVIONEWS). This first step should be followed by the insertion of the names in the wanted list, before extradition. The same office would have further investigated the evidence, coming to the conclusion that the radar of the Russian airport was out of service that day, a detail that would have prompted traffic controls to order landing despite not knowing the exact location.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency