The editor in chief of Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita, a correspondent and two other staff members have been fired for running an article claiming high explosives were found at the scene of the 2010 plane crash that killed then Polish President Lech Kaczynski.
On October 30 the paper published an article claiming that traces of explosives had been found at the Smolensk site where the plane carrying Kaczynski and other top officials crashed.
Polish prosecutors dismissed the clam later that same day. After the author of the scandalous article failed to corroborate the claim with hard facts, the newspaper’s owner promised to make sure that nothing like that ever happened again.
The Tu-154 plane, carrying a delegation of senior Polish officials, crashed in heavy fog as it attempted to land at an airfield near the western Russian city of Smolensk on April 10, 2010. There were no survivors in the crash that killed all 96 passengers and crew on board.
The publisher of the Polish newspaper Rzecz Pospolita are conducting an internal investigation to determine the accuracy of the recent scandalous story that was published regarding the crash of the presidential airliner of Lech Kaczynski.
Tuesday, the newspaper published an article alleging that staff of the Polish Military Prosecutor’s Office and a number of other experts found traces of TNT and nitroglycerin on the wreckage of the wings and the inner parts of the airplane that crashed on April 10, 2010 near Smolensk.
On the same day, the Military Prosecutor’s Office denied the information contained in the article, calling the allegations false.
According to a statement released by the publishers of the paper, if they find that journalistic standards were not followed when the material was published and readers were mis-led, the guilty will be punished.
The editor of the Polish daily Rzeczpospolita, Tomasz Wróblewski, has tendered his resignation over a report in his paper Tuesday alleging that Polish investigators had found traces of explosive substances on the wreckage of the Polish presidential airliner that crashed near Smolensk on April 10, 2010.
But an official of the Polish Military Prosecutor’s Office, Colonel Ireneusz Szeląg, said later that the investigators had failed to confirm the presence of trotyl on the plane debris.
The Rzeczpospolita editorial board published a statement acknowledging that they have made an error by alleging the presence of trotyl and nitroglycerine on the plane wreckage.
Numerous tests haven’t revealed any traces of explosives in the wreckage of the crashed president Kaczynski’s Tu-154 plane, Polish Military prosecutors reported Thursday.
The results deny a publication in the Polish newspaper Rzecz Pospolita stating that explosives were found in the wreckage.
Colonel Edmund Klich, Poland’s envoy to the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) which probed the crash told the VoR that the tragedy was caused by technical flaws and human factor.
President Bronislaw Komorowski urged Poles to settle down after a publication about the plane crash in Smolensk in the Polish newspaper Rzecz Pospolita, stating that traces of explosives were found in the wreckage of crashed governmental plane.
Komorowski called a “political tsunami” effect caused by the publication, Interfaxreported.
“After an article based on erroneous data, for which the editorial office has admitted caused a political tsunami, brought a wave of political violence, even going to the charges of murder, must stop before it crosses the boundary of irresponsibility,” the Polish head of state said.
Polish military prosecutor, Ireneusz Szelag, has denied having found traces of explosives on the wreckage of crashed president Kaczynski’s Tu-154 plane.
The announcement followed an article in Poland’s Rzeczpospolita newspaper, claiming bomb experts had discovered a high level of trotyl and nitroglycerin on passenger seats and the plane’s skin. This allegation contradicted the official version of the reasons behind the Smolensk crash.
Mr. Szelag said the experts had used ion mass-spectrometers to conduct a chemical analysis of the crash site. These hi-tech devices react to any traces of explosives-related substances.
“The equipment sometimes reacts to pesticides, solvents and even some sorts of modern cosmetics,” Ireneusz Szelag told reporters Tuesday.
Poland’s Rzeczpospolita newspaper has published an article titled Trotyl on Tupolev Wrechage, which claimed Polish prosecutors and bomb experts had found traces of trotyl and nitroglycerin on the wreckage of the crashed Tu-154 near Smolensk.
This allegation was supported by Poland’s Prosecutor General Andrzej Seremet.
The Rzeczpospolita daily said Polish experts used advanced technologies to discover particles of explosives on some thirty passenger seats and the plane’s skin.
Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk has been informed about the findings. Polish Prosecutor’s Office said it was going to make an announcement of its stance in near future.
A key witness in the case of the Polish Tu-154 airliner crash near Smolensk in 2010 has been found dead at his home near Warsaw. Investigators think the witness had killed himself, according to an official of the district prosecutor’s office, Dariusz Sliepokura.
The flight engineer of a Polish Yak-40 plane, Riemigiusz Mos, was found hanged in a Warsaw suburb late on Sunday.
The body was found in the basement of a residential house where he lived together with his wife, the prosecutor’s office official said in a live interview with Radio Poland. According to him, neither police, nor prosecutors have reasons to suspect that third persons could be involved in the death of the 42-year-old Mos.
Mos was in the cockpit of his Yak-40 airliner that landed at Smolensk-Severny airport just one hour before the presidential Tu-154 had attempted to land at the same airport but crashed, killing all 96 people onboard, including Polish President Lech Kaczynski. Mos could hear the communication between the Tu-154 crew and the Smolensk air traffic controllers via his on-board radio.
Russia’s Investigation Committee is probing into the case of illegal photos of Smolensk plane crash victims being taken and leaked to the web, committee’s spokesman Vladimir Markin told journalists today.
A Polish news agency earlier reported that Poland’s Prosecutor General Andrzej Seremet was going to call for Russian Investigation Committee’s chief Alexander Bastrykin to initiate a probe into this case.
Photos depicting bodies of the crash victims appeared in the Russian blogosphere a month ago. Some of them were apparently shot in the morgue.
Poland has published results of DNA tests, which proved the bodies of Smolensk crash victims had been “mixed up,” said Zbigniew Rzepa, spokesman of the Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office.
The lab tests were conducted by two separate organizations in Bydgoszcz and Vrotslav. Their results clearly showed two bodies had been incorrectly identified.
Six bodies of Smolensk crash victims were exhumed last week over suspicion of having been confused. Identities of three victims were eventually confirmed, while the bodies of Anna Walentynowicz, an activist of the Solidarity movement, and Teresa Walewska-Przyjalkowska had been mixed up, pathologists said.
Russia has granted a Polish request for more documentation concerning the crash of the Polish presidential jet near Smolensk in April 2010. A total of 58 volumes have already been sent to Poland.
The crash killed all 96 people on board, including lawmakers, Generals, Ministers, President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria Kaczynska.
The President was leading a Polish delegation to commemorative events in Katyn, where Stalin’s secret police massacred captured Polish officers in 1940.
Voice of Russia, RIA, TASS, FOX News, IF
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