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article imagePolish President's plane has history of crashes

By Michael Bearak     Apr 10, 2010 in Technology
The Tupolev Tu-154, which was the same aircraft that crashed Saturday killing the President of Poland, his wife and a number of senior officials has a history of crashing.
Sunday's crash of the presidential plane of Polish President Lech Kaczynski will raise a number of concerns and in the latest hours of Saturday being that the crew did not follow directions of Russian air control. Still, the plane Kaczynski, his wife, senior ranking military and civilian officials were flying on, the Tupolev Tu-154, has a history of crashes since it was rolled out in the 1960s.
The Tupolev has some very unique features that make it far different from the aircraft that Boeing, and McDonald-Douglas produce. The Tupolev is capable of landing on unpaved, dirt or gravel strips. It is also build to handle the friged cold of he arctic.
Before the Saturdays crash it was less than a year ago that an Caspian Airlines Tupolev TU-154 crashed into a field killing 168 people, that was July 15, 2009.
September 1, 2006: An Iranian Airtour's TU-154 skidded off the runway, caught fire and killed 80 out of 147 passangers on board. Less than a month for that on August 22, Russia's Pulkovo Airlines crashed during a thunderstorm.
There were no crashes in 2005, but then one in 2004 claiming all 46 people onboard. In 2002 there were two more crashes claiming 190 people. One of those two 2002 flights was operated by Iran's Airtour.
During 2001, there were two more crashes, although one was because of a Ukranian missile that was fired during a training exercise. The other crash claimed 145 lives.
In total there have been 16 crashes involving the Tupolev Tu-154 dating back to 1994. That is over 1600 people in 16 years that have been killed while flying on this aircraft.
You can read more about the 16 crashes at Fox News.
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