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    Warsaw Court: No Ground to Believe Kaczynski Plane Crash Caused by Blast

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    There are no grounds for saying that the 2010 plane crash near the Russian city of Smolensk that killed then-Polish President Lech Kaczynski was caused by an explosion, Pawel Dobosz, a judge from a District Court for of Warsaw, said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The plane carrying Kaczynski, his wife and a number of high-ranking officials crashed in heavy fog as it attempted to land at an airfield near Smolensk on April 10, 2010. All 96 passengers and crew on board died in the crash. The Moscow-based Interstate Aviation Committee said in a report that the crew’s decision not to route the plane to an alternative aerodrome was the direct cause of the crash.

    "There are no grounds to assume that the Smolensk crash was caused by an attack with the use of explosives: the BOR [Government Protection Bureau] checked the Tu-154 aircraft properly," Dobosz said, as quoted by the PAP news agency.

    In early February, the Polish Defense Ministry said that Warsaw would restart its investigation into the crash from the very beginning. On Tuesday, Pawel Bielawny, a former deputy BOR head, received a 1.5-year suspended sentence for improper execution of his duties while preparing Kaczynski’s visit to Smolensk.

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    Plane crash, Lech Kaczynski, Smolensk, Poland
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