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Warsaw's comments not released in presidential plane crash report - Polish Interior Minister

The site of Lech Kaczynski's Tu-154 plane crash
19:54 12/01/2011

Poland said Russia took into account all Warsaw's comments and queries in a report on the Polish presidential plane crash on April 10 that killed then President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other top officials, but did not reflect all of them in the new report, Polish Interior Minister Jerzy Miller said.

President Kaczynski and other top dignitaries were killed when their plane crashed in poor weather conditions near the western Russian city of Smolensk on April 10.

The Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) released the new report on the causes of the crash on Wednesday. The first MAK report was given to the Polish authorities on October 20 last year, and it blamed pilot error for the crash in heavy fog, but in mid-December Poland sent it back to Moscow with 150 comments and queries. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said at the time that parts of the report were "unacceptable."

"All of the comments were taken into account but were not released in the report," Miller said. He added, however, that Poland should be grateful for the report anyway as it indicates the next step in the investigation of the crash's causes.

A team of MAK investigators said in the report that pilot error was the main cause of the deadly crash. MAK head Tatyana Anodina listed a number of mistakes that could have contributed to the air disaster, including the crew's decision not to land at another airport despite being informed of unfavorable weather conditions at their destination.

Polish experts said they were dissatisfied with the documents provided by Russia. Most of the complaints concerned a lack of technical details about the Severny Airport in Smolensk where the plane was due to land.

The late Polish president's twin brother and opposition leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski criticized on Wednesday the Russian investigation of the plane crash.

However, Russian investigators claim in the report that their cooperation with Polish counterparts during the probe was very close and transparent. At least 24 Polish officials took part in the Russian investigation.

Russian investigators need to study a range of official documents and probes to make a further report on the crash, Russian official investigations spokesman, Vladimir Markin, said adding that Poland has not yet transferred any information to the Investigation Committee on phone calls made by the passengers of the ill-fated airliner prior to its attempted landing.

Tusk on Wednesday urgently returned from vacation for the announcement of the results of the MAK investigation, Polish media said.

 

WARSAW, January 12 (RIA Novosti)

 

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