State Subcommittee on Re-investigation of Aviation Incident
Polish Ministry of National Defense’s Statement
Published: June 8, 2017
Due to incorrect and misleading information provided by TVN television station in the “Black and White” program broadcast in Poland on June 7, 2017, the Subcommittee on Re-examination of the Crash of TU-154M in Smolensk, Russia, issued the following statement:
1. The material presented by TVN misleads the public and does not correctly present results of the analysis performed by the Technical Military Academy (“WAT”).
2. The essence of this analysis is the statement that with a 10-degree attack angle and a 6-meter loss of the wing, the reduction of the aircraft's lift force is just 10%.
3. The WAT study also proves that at an attack angle of more than 9 degrees, the aircraft has to deviate to the left from the original trajectory of the flight. TVN withheld results of those tests from the public.
4. However, after losing a part of the wing, Tu-154M, was still flying straight ahead and turned to the left only after passing the point where TAWS 38 was registered.
5. This study confirms the thesis presented by the Subcommittee that challenges the assertion that the pilot lost control over the aircraft as a result of the loss of just 6 meters of the wing.
6. TVN's efforts to take out of context one passage out of more than 150 pages of work perfectly demonstrates how political zeal leads to false conclusions.
Dr. Kazimierz Nowaczyk
Chairman of the Subcommittee on Re-examination of the Aviation Incident
Click on the thumbnails below to view screen dumps from the detectors used to examine the wreckage and seats from the Polish president's plane crash in Smolensk. An "X" denotes the presence of the detected explosive substance and its type. The underlined Polish word "Probka" or "probka" in the screen dump 1 and 2, means "Sample"
Why did they all fly on the same plane?
Synopsis: January 12, 2013, Toronto, Canada. The wife of the late Deputy-Minister of Culture Tomasz Merta: "What I am about to tell you now, are suspicions - and not even my own - but, rather the [suspicions of the] individuals in the inner-circles of the [Polish] military... I heard a statement that was made - but, I am not taking any responsibility for how credible, or not credible it is. [I heard that] had the generals and journalists' not been re-assigned to different aircraft, it wouldn't have been the Tupolev [Tu-154M], but rather the Casa [transport aircraft] that would have been taken out.
Because the Generals were no longer onboard the Casa, there was no reason for it to get airborne. And for this reason it was the Yak[-40] that flew off to Smolensk. This Casa [transport aircraft] was never examined in any way. It was not subject to any examination. Aside from a single note in the deposition given to the military, no one was interested why this aircraft didn't fly [to Smolensk]. Perhaps, this is someones crazy phantasy, but perhaps it isn't.
Some [Polish] military personnel had suggested, that it [the Casa] had to stay behind at the Okecie military [tarmack], so that the explosives could be removed from it - because they were no longer needed [...] I am only repeating what I was told."
"Disarming" Explosives ...
It is worth for us to retrace the entire process of "disarming" the case of explosive substances at the crash site. It all started with the publication of Cezary Gmyz in "Rzeczpospolita" on October 30, 2012, and information that the detectors, which were used by experts in Smolensk (in late September and October) showed traces of TNT and nitroglycerine.
As it turned out, the journalist was also reporting about the indication of Hexogen. The storm broke. The prosecution denied the publication, and ultimately, the editor-in-chief of "Rzeczpospolita," Cezary Gmyz and two other journalists lost their jobs. The entire editorial staff of one of Poland’s most popular weeklies, "Uważam Rze", was also silenced.
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