Russia reveals investigation result of Polish presidential plane crash

18:21, May 19, 2010      

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There were non-crew members in the cockpit of the Polish presidential plane that crashed near Smolensk on April 10, Chief of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) Tatyana Anodina told local media on Wednesday.

"It was proven that some of the persons in the cockpit were not crewmembers," she said, "The voice of one of them has been identified, while the others are being identified by Polish side."

Anodina said that the voices were difficult to identify because the door to the pilot's cockpit had been open.

"Unique equipment was used to clear the recording of the noises. As a result, the voices were identified quite distinctly," she said.

According to the early findings from Russian investigation, there were no terrorist attack, fire, explosion nor engine problem on board of the plane; the pilot had no navigation and weather data before he took off from Poland, but he was repeatedly informed about the weather in the area before landing.

The plane carrying late Polish President Lech Kaczynski crashed in west Russia and killed all 96 persons on board. The Russian and Polish governments earlier agreed to co-investigate the crash.

Source: Xinhua


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