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    • Five Years Since Tragic Smolensk Plane Crash
    • Five Years Since Tragic Smolensk Plane Crash
    • Five Years Since Tragic Smolensk Plane Crash
    • Five Years Since Tragic Smolensk Plane Crash
    • Five Years Since Tragic Smolensk Plane Crash
    • Five Years Since Tragic Smolensk Plane Crash
    • Five Years Since Tragic Smolensk Plane Crash
    • Five Years Since Tragic Smolensk Plane Crash
    • Five Years Since Tragic Smolensk Plane Crash
    • Five Years Since Tragic Smolensk Plane Crash
    • Five Years Since Tragic Smolensk Plane Crash
    • Five Years Since Tragic Smolensk Plane Crash
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    According to a report issued by the Interstate Aviation Committee, the direct cause of the crash was the crew’s decision not to land at an alternative airfield. The crash was also provoked by systematic factors, including insufficient flight support and inadequate crew training.

    Above: In this file photo dated Tuesday, April 13, 2010, shows unidentified Emergency ministry workers as they search through the wreckage of the Polish presidential plane of Lech Kaczynski near Smolensk, Russia.

    On April 10, 2010, the Tu-154 Polish presidential plane of Lech Kaczynski crashed at an airfield near Smolensk. There were 96 people on board the aircraft – 88 passengers and eight crew members — who were travelling to a mourning ceremony in Katyn. All people aboard were killed, including the Polish president, his wife Maria and many of the country’s high-profile officials.

     

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    Plane crash, casualties, tragedy, Smolensk Plane Crash, Lech Kaczynski, Smolensk, Poland, Russia
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