British experts have reportedly found traces of TNT on samples from the Polish Air Force plane crash that killed the President with his brother blaming Russia for “political assassination”.
On 10th April 2010, a Polish Air Force plane crashed near the Russian city of Smolensk, killing all 96 people on board.
Among the victims were the Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, the former President Ryszard Kaczorowski, the chief of the General Staff, as well as other senior military officers.
According to reports, UK specialists from the Forensic Explosives Laboratory (FEL) have been examining over 200 samples from the wreck and crash site since 2017.
Local media said that traces of explosives including TNT have been found on the majority of samples.
Two weeks before the ninth anniversary of the Smolensk crash, Polish weekly ‘Sieci’ has published an article on the alleged ‘hidden information from the prosecutor’s investigation’.
Reports claim that the significance of the findings is “colossal” despite it “still being too early to formulate a final hypothesis”.
The British analysis appears to confirm a report in October 2012 by daily newspaper ‘Rzeczpospolita’ that claimed that there were TNT traces on the wreckage of the Tu-154 plane.
Prosecutors denied the claims at the time, but former Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz presented a report from the investigation’s subcommittee last year that said “two explosives” had been found on the governmental plane.
One of them was TNT while the other was not named in media reports.
However, Macierewicz emphasised that it was not the final report and that it was unclear when that would be ready.
Some politicians of the right-wing Law and Justice party have accused Russia of being involved in the attack, with the dead president’s twin brother – and current party leader – Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and his deputy Antoni Macierewicz, calling the crash “a political assassination” in local media.
However, other sources claim that the pilot tried to land in thick fog and that the aircraft descended below the normal approach path until it struck the treeline and crashed.
The investigation continues.
The Tu-154 aircraft crashed in 2010 while travelling to the Russian region of Smolensk Oblast to honour the victims of the 1940 Katyn massacre when Soviet officials ordered the execution of around 22,000 Polish military officers and intelligentsia during World War II.