The Polish President’s plane crash in April 10th 2010, national trauma and loss of the top bureaucrats of the state consolidated the whole nation in painful process of mourning that followed soon after. The questions of who, what and how asked by many politicians from the opposite sides and average people on the street demanded quick explanations. The Russian side was working on the report but in opinion of many Poles they were delaying the results of the investigation.
This obviously caused a whole array of emotions up to creating a bunch of senseless conspiracy theories about the Russians killing the crash victims at the very moment of the crash. A few months after the crash, the whole event introduced a strong divide in the whole nation due to the politicians’ games who wanted to cash their capital on that crash, the brother of the deceased Polish President Lech Kaczynski, Jaroslaw, included.
A month ago, the Russians provided the report that was “unacceptable” for the Polish government and everybody was expecting for some time to pass until the Russians would come up with their new version of the report that would more satisfy Polish side. To a surprise of the many, the commission came up with their results in time as little as more than a month since its “unacceptable” version was published. Thus, the report turned out to be incomplete. That’s right – incomplete – as there’s really too little time to make it complete to satisfy many experts that still ask fundamental questions, both technical and political. What’s more, its “final” version was attacked by many Polish officials who got offended by the fact that it mostly blames Polish side for the crash. It particularly blames the commander-in-chief of Polish military Air Forces, allegedly drunk general Andrzej Blasik, for interfering the Presidential plane crew by pressing on them to land in bad weather in spite of having known about it from the Russian controllers before the landing.
The MAK Commission report is incomplete but what’s complete in Polish version of the tragic events of April 10, 2010 to sleep well with the accusations of the Russian side for the accident?
Two Polish journalists (Jan Osiecki and Tomasz Bialoszewski) along with the military expert for military transportation, col. Robert Latkowski, investigated the tragic case and wrote a book “The last flight”. They say that they agree in 95% with the Russian version of the report but they strongly disagree that “the drunk general made the Presidential plane crash”. In that context they also add that general Blasik was a passenger of the crashed plane and not its pilot. They say that the Polish investigating commission didn’t notice a sign of alcohol in Russian air controllers. So the question remains – could the general, the first pilot of Poland, enter the cockpit of that plane as a passenger? Yes, he could. Especially when using his general’s rank in absence of procedures regulating both civilian and military mission to Smolensk. The journalists say that the pilots’ duty is to avoid landing in bad weather but to which degree their line of duty was disturbed by the general wearing the same uniform while trying to enter the cockpit is still unknown, or is it?
They all couldn’t have missed that event, they all didn’t want to travel by train and come several hours later. They wanted to be on time to honour 20,000 of those who lost their life 70 years ago when being killed by Russian KGB and found their graves next to them.