Crash of the Polish Air Force One, 2014 Status Report By Maria Szonert Binienda, J.D.
V. Russian Report Overview
The Russian Report was released at a press conference in Moscow on January 12, 2011, in manifest disregard of the Polish objections submitted to the Russians on December 19, 2010 in the Polish Response.61 The Russian Report also disregarded as much as 80% of comments submitted by the Polish side pursuant to Annex 13. At the press conference broadcast live globally, IAC Chairperson Tatiana Anodina also accused the Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Air Force - late General Andrzej Blasik - of pressuring the pilots to land “at any means.” At the press conference, Chair Anodina also stated that Gen. Blasik not only was in the cockpit at the time of the crash but also had high level of alcohol in his blood.62 However, forensic testing performed by the Polish side conclusively ruled out any alcohol in the blood of General Blasik or any of the crew members at the time of the crash. The Polish side also ruled out the presence of Gen. Blasik in the cockpit.63
The Russian Report includes numerous contradictions, omissions, fabricated statements, manipulations and illegible data, just to name the most obvious problems. The "psycho-emotional" analysis of the pilots is overemphasized while the technical analysis of the final stage of the flight is deemphasized. The key section of the report that describes the final moments of the flight is based on speculations not properly verified by scientific evidence, accordingly is inadequate and wrong. The entire document does not meet the basic standard of an airplane crash investigation report. According to a Russian aviation expert, this document appears to be written by an illiterate person who is interested only in finding a proof of a pilot error.64
62 “A forensic test found ethyl alcohol in the blood of the Polish Air Force Commander in a concentration of 0.6 pm." IAC presents Final Report; http://bit.ly/1mCmCU6 (retrieved March 24, 2014). “Russians blames Polish crew in Kaczynski air crash.” http://fxn.ws/1mCmDYa (retrieved March 24, 2014). “Drunk Polish Official responsible in Kaczynski’s Crash,” http://bit.ly/1mCmKTr (retrieved March 24, 2014).
63 Communique of the Main Military Prosecutor’s Office dated March 20, 2014. http://bit.ly/1mCmPGN (retrieved March 24, 2014).
64 „Były Szef lotniska Moskwa-Wnukowo: Raport MAK pisany jakby przez analfabetę,” Bibuła Pismo Niezależne, 1 lutego 2011, http://bit.ly/1mgFZiF; See also: P. Falkowski, " Pytajcie Krasnokutskiego o katastrofę Iła," Nasz Dziennik, February 2, 2011, Nr 26 (3957).
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