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Old 20-10-2014, 09:33 PM   #112
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The 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash occurred on 10 April when a Tupolev Tu-154M aircraft of the Polish Air Force crashed near the city of Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 people on board.. These included President of Poland Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria, former president Ryszard Kaczorowski, the chief of the Polish General Staff and other senior Polish military officers, the president of the National Bank of Poland, Poland's deputy foreign minister, Polish government officials, 18 members of the Polish parliament, senior members of the Polish clergy, and relatives of victims of the Katyn massacre. They were en route from Warsaw to attend an event marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre; the site is approximately 19 kilometres (12 mi) west of Smolensk..Smolensk North Airport (Russian военный аэродром "Смоленск-Северный", "Smolensk North Military Aerodrome") is a decommissioned military airbase in Smolensk Oblast, Russia, located 4 km north of the city of Smolensk.. It is now used as Smolensk's sole airport for civil and military flights.. It has a remote revetment area with 8 pads and a Yakovlev factory at the southeast side of the airfield, the Smolensk Aviation Plant..Elevation AMSL 820 ft ..

The aircraft was a Tupolev Tu-154M of the 36th Special Aviation Regiment of the Polish Air Force, tail number 101.. Built in 1990 at the Kuybyshev Aviation Plant as msn 90A837, it first flew on 29 June 1990.. At the time of the accident, the airframe had accumulated 5,143 hours and 3,899 cycles..PLF 101 took off from Warsaw at 9:27 Smolensk time after a delay of 27 minutes..The cockpit crew consisted of pilot Captain Arkadiusz Protasiuk, co-pilot Major Robert Grzywna, navigator Lieutenant Artur Ziętek and flight engineer WO2 Andrzej Michalak. Protasiuk had landed at Smolensk three days earlier on 7 April in the same Tu-154, though he served as the first officer on that flight...At 180 m, the "terrain ahead!" warning again sounded on the flight deck. The crew continued the descent. According to MAK's report, at 100 m (Decision Height) there was no "landing" or "go-around" call by the captain. If this happens, the first officer is supposed to overrule the captain, take control of the airplane, and initiate a go-around.. Poland suggests that at this point the captain said "Go around", and 8 seconds later the first officer confirmed by saying "go around"..As the crew called out "50 meters," the controller instructed "level 101," telling the aircraft to terminate descent. At 20 meters, another controller instructed "Check altitude, level." Simultaneously with this final call, the control column was pulled full aft, commanding max pitch up from the aircraft, and the throttles were moved within one second from their flight idle positions to maximum power.. The aircraft, due to the valley terrain, was actually 15 meters below the runway at this time...

Soon after, the aircraft began hitting trees.. One, a large birch with a trunk 30 to 40 cm (12 to 16 in) wide, ripped off about 6.5 meters of the left wing, including the left aileron. The resulting asymmetrical lift caused an uncommanded roll to the left. Within 5 seconds, the aircraft was inverted, hitting the ground with the left wing, followed very shortly after by the nose. The nose impact resulted in forces exceeding 100g, which killed everyone on board instantly.. Even without the birch tree and subsequent roll, the excessive angle of attack would have led to an aerodynamic stall approximately two seconds after impact with that tree, which would also have led to a fatal accident..After the nose hit, the aircraft was violently torn apart by impact forces..The pieces came to rest upside-down and slightly left and short of the runway.. The largest pieces left were the wing roots (the strongest part of an airplane), the wingtips, and the tail section. The tail section came to rest backwards relative to the direction of flight.. A small fire started, but was quickly brought under control and extinguished by rescue crews 18 minutes after impact...

The Governor of Smolensk Oblast, Sergey Antufyev, confirmed that there were no survivors of the crash.. Pictures from the scene showed parts of the aircraft charred and strewn through a wooded area.. The Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, said that the bodies of those killed in the crash would be brought to Moscow for identification.. Kaczyński's body was identified in Smolensk and was flown directly to Warsaw on the afternoon of 11 April..Within hours of the crash, the President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, announced the establishment of a special commission for the investigation of the accident. The commission was to be supervised by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin..An Investigation Committee of the Prosecutor General of Russia started a criminal case in accordance with a "violation of the safety rules" of the Russian Criminal Code..On the day after the crash, investigators said they had reviewed the flight recorders, and confirmed that there were no technical problems with the Soviet-built aeroplane.. He said that there were no doubts about the plane's airworthiness..

Ewa Kopacz, the Polish Minister of Health, claimed before the Sejm that after the crash, ground was dug to a depth of one meter, and even if a tiny piece of human flesh was found, it was genetically tested. However, in the transcript released online by the Sejm, the meaning of her speech was changed: that when a small piece of flesh was found, the ground was dug to a depth of one meter. Moreover, in September 2010, one of the Polish pilgrims to Smolensk found a jaw with teeth and two other bones..The airport's traffic control communicated with the pilots in Russian, and one of the controllers claimed the Polish crew had problems communicating in this language.. However, according to Tomasz Pietrzak, the former commander of the Polish 36th Special Aviation Regiment, the captain of PLF 101 was fluent in Russian and English...

On 6 June 2010, it was reported that payments worth €1,400 had been made from a credit card found on the body of historian Andrzej Przewoźnik, one of the victims of the crash.. Credit cards belonging to the politician Aleksandra Natalli-Świat were also missing, but not used in transactions..An initial report by CIS’ Interstate Aviation Committee ( Межгосударственный авиационный комитет (MAK)) revealed that all 3 engines were operating normally, and that there was no fire or explosion before the aircraft crashed.. According to the newspaper Dziennik, Polish flight recorder ATM-QAR registered that precisely at 8:41:02,5 (Polish time) the tail of the aircraft separated..At an 18 January 2011 press conference, the Polish investigation made public the information contained in ATC recordings, and their analysis of such. They concluded that the "on course, on glide path" calls given to the pilots were made when the aircraft was actually off course, and furthermore the "Level!" call was given 11 seconds too late.., mama, look at the mountains! They're beautiful!.Don't make me look at the mountains, Susana..The mountains look like big teeth..We won't kill indiscriminately..We don't want to break up families..I found your Private Reich up there... or what was left of him..You didn't finish! Well, I can't blame you: he was tough...

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