Polish president's plane collides with trees before crash: probe

18:33, April 16, 2010      

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The Polish government aircraft Tupolev which crashed last Saturday near Smolensk fell after colliding with trees about one km away from an airport runway, an international commission investigating the disaster reported Friday.

According to the commission members, the aircraft clipped a tree 1,050 metres from the runway then another 200 further on, after which it veered off course and rolled into the ground, local media reported.

Earlier commission chairman Tatyana Anodina said that the aircraft had made only one landing attempt. According to observers, the plane's crew had tried to land the aircraft four times.

The Polish presidential couple, together with over 90 others persons, died in an air crash in Smolensk, western Russia, on Saturday morning.

Source: Xinhua


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