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Why On Earth Was Poland Still Flying The Tupolev Tu-154 Airplane?

Posted by Admin on April 20, 2010

Accident description

Status: Preliminary
Date: 10 APR 2010
Time: 10:50
Type: Tupolev 154M
Operator: Polish Air Force
Registration: 101
C/n / msn: 90A837
First flight: 1990
Engines: 3 Soloviev D-30KU-154-II
Crew: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers: Fatalities: 88 / Occupants: 88
Total: Fatalities: 96 / Occupants: 96
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: ca 1 km from Smolensk Air Base (Russia) show on  map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature: Executive
Departure airport: Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW/EPWA), Poland
Destination airport: Smolensk Air Base (XUBS), Russia

A Tupolev 154M passenger jet, operated the Polish Air Force, was destroyed when it crashed on approach to Smolensk Air Base in poor visibility. All on board were killed in the accident, including Polish President Lech Kaczynski.
The airplane departed Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW), Poland, carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, several Members of Parliament, President of the National Bank of Poland Slawomir Skrzypek, Chief of General Staff Franciszek Gagor, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrzej Kremer and a number of passengers and crew members. The Tu-154 struck trees and broke up.
Weather reports at 10:00 indicated a temperature at Smolensk of 1°C, Dew Point:1°C, wind from 140 degrees at 6 knots, Pressure: 1026 hPa, heavy fog.
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