Aviation accident expert questions discrepancies in the official Smolensk crash investigation
SCND March 25, 2015
Above: Dr. Bogdan Gajewski, Ph.D.
Bogdan Gajewski, one of experts of the Parliamentary Committee for the investigation of the Smolensk crash delivered a presentation at the European Conservatives and Reformists meeting.
“In recent years there have been an increasing number of tragic accidents within civil aviation and military, e.g. Airbus, the European Air Transport aircraft shot down on 22 November 2003 by a missile produced in Russia, which fortunately managed a safe landing owing to well experienced staff, consisting of 2 Belgians and a Scot; the Malaysian MH17 shot down over eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014 killing all 298 passengers on board; or the Polish aircraft crashing over Russian Smolensk on 10 April 2010 killing 96 passengers. It does of course bring out concerns over the risk of passengers’ safety and life. And of course such accidents should not happen and should not repeat. They can only be prevented if conclusions are drawn and actions are taken based on accidents reports. In the case of TU-154M crash there is just one final report,” stated Mr Gajewski, an engineer with 40 years of experience.
Mr Gajewski continued his speech focusing on the Smolensk crash. “The crash investigation led to two final reports: the one by MAK (the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee) and the one by the (Polish) Miller Commission. Both deemed the flight as a controlled one towards terrain. The crash has often been described as the pilot’s error. The main principle of investigation into any crash is that if significant discrepancies can be found in a report, the report should be dismissed. My presentation shows the basic discrepancies in both Smolensk crash reports and questions professionalism and credibility of the official investigation.
Mr Gajewski emphasised that the presentation aimed at assessing the following data: the crash site description, the appearance of the cockpit, the time of the crash, the CVR data and the investigation process.
“The crash site was not secured and the locals were allowed to the scene which had an impact on the evidence. Above that the satellite image indicates that the plane parts have been moved. The actual collision point was never established,” listed the expert.
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