OREANDA-NEWS. The Polish commission to re-investigate the crash of Tu-154 of the country’s President Lech Kaczynski claims that the TNT, the explosion of which allegedly caused the catastrophe, was put on the aircraft during repair works in Russia.

On April 10, 2010, the airplane crashed while landing at the Smolensk North Airport. 88 passengers, including the Polish President, and 8 crew members were onboard; they all died.

In 2011, the Interstate Aviation Committee published the final report on the results of a technical investigation, according to which the direct cause of the crash was the decision of pilots not to leave for an alternate airfield, and systemic reasons were deficiencies in flight support and crew training.

The first Polish commission came to similar conclusions, calling the reason for the disaster a plane’s descend below the allowed minimum, despite the thick fog.

The current Polish authorities did not agree with the conclusions of both commissions and decided to create a new one. A new commission led by former Polish Defense Minister, Antoni Macierewicz, on July 31, 2020 published an interim report on the work done over several years. It claims that the cause of the plane crash was an explosion, because “such damage could not be made” only as a result of a collision with the ground and pointed to Russia’s involvement in it.