Will Poland finally examine the wreckage of Tu-154?
Published: March 16, 2017
The Polish prosecution is in the process of issuing a legal request to Russia regarding the visit to Smolensk of Polish investigators who are to prepare a report from a thorough examination of the wreckage of the Polish Tu-154M that crashed in Smolensk on April 10, 2010.
“The process of arranging the visit will take a while. The negotiations on the scope of the request for legal assistance are ongoing and a request will be issued shortly. However, all depends on how Russia will respond to this request,” announced radio RMF FM.
The aim of the visit by the team of Polish investigators is to report on the condition of the wreckage, take photographs, mark and describe the parts of the wreckage. The report is to be as part of the evidence.
So far, Russia has refused to return the wreckage to Poland arguing that the wreckage must remain in Russia until the Russian investigation into the crash is completed.
The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in February that it would inquire with Russia as to what are the investigation steps still remaining that require the wreckage of Polish Tupolev to remain in Russia to this day. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Witold Waszczykowski, stated that should Russia continue to oppose the access to the wreckage for the Polish investigators, the Ministry will file a formal complaint with the International Court of Justice in Hague, accusing Russia of stealing the property of Poland.
The investigation into the Smolensk crash had been led by the Warsaw’s District Military Prosecution Office for six years. In the spring 2016, the Military Prosecution was restructured and its investigative department was closed. As a result, the Smolensk investigation was transferred to the National Public Prosecution Office.
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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