Remigiusz Mus, the flight engineer on Yak-40 whose landing immediately preceded PLF 101 and whose testimony implicated the Russian flight controllers, died of suicide.
This rounds out the death of the entirety of key witnesses whose testimonies could prove that the flight controllers bore at least partial responsibility for the mysterious crash that killed the Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others near Smolensk, Russia, on April 10, 2010.
Above: Ensign Remigiusz Mus
Suicide. So says the Polish Prosecutors office under the administration of Donald Tusk, Bronislaw Komorowski, and the Civic Platform party (Platforma Obywatelska, PO) - the people who came out on top following the disaster of Flight PLF 101. The position of the Prosecutors office is that the autopsy indicated death by hanging with no defensive wounds and and alcohol level of one permille (.01%).
General Konstantin Anatolyevich Morev, chief of the Federal Security Services (FSB), successor to KGB, office in Tver, who interviewed the Russian flight controllers, died at the end of August 2011. His body was found in his office. The official cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound from his service revolver.
Remarkably, neither men - of nature and profession meticulous documenters - left any note explaining these suicides.
Mus's death will probably undermine future litigation against the Russian controllers, who had in fact negligently directed Polish TU-154M to descend beyond the Smolensk airport's minimum look-and-see altitude of 100 meters. The plane was ordered to descend to 50 meters. Since the ground control supervisor whose testimony would implicate the flight controllers under his command had conveniently disappeared, the pool of witnesses is in its own nose dive.
During their trip to Russia in September 2012, Polish prosecutors, now under the Donald Tusk/Bronislaw Komorowski administration re-interviewed witnesses - among them the Smolensk Severnyi airport personnel; some of whom they already met in April 2010. These new interviews were critically important, allowing the Russian prosecutors at first, and their Polish counterparts later, to switch the original interviews with new versions. These versions emerged through correction of "violations regarding the procedures of witness' investigations". It is difficult to imagine what these violations were and how they would not have evinced the truth when events were freshly observed. It is true that new evidence emerges, but that is set alongside "old" evidence for a "whole truth" adjudication.
What we know from the initial depositions given by flight controllers on April 10, after Tu-154M disappeared from the radar screen, a command "Horizon, Horizon" was issued by Plusnin to the Polish crew. Despite the fact that Polish Tupolev vanished from the radar, the flight controller continued to reassure the crew that it is "on-course and on correct flight-path". These depositions took place prior to the implementation of any specific procedural process, but this does not materially affect the validity of the statements. The Chicago Convention, on procedures was not, and should not, have been binding on the original depositions.
Above: Artur Wosztyl with Ewa Blasik
"This witch-hunt had undoubtedly affected us all negatively. I spoke with Remek [Remek is short for Remigiusz in Polish] one week before his death. I called him because one of the families of the [Flight PLF 101] victims invited the entire YAK-40 crew to take part in a press conference. While speaking with him, I didn’t notice anything that would indicate that he was under any psychological duress. [To the contrary], he communicated to me that he was going to start his own business, and that he had a number of appointments with his prospects that he had followed up on. This [slew of “suicides”] is a real mystery to me." Read more here
On April 12, 2010, Polish prosecutors took part in taking the depositions of flight controllers - just one. In August 2010, the Russians approached their Polish counterparts to null-and-void the testimonies of flight controllers who were deposed in April 2010, and the Polish Prosecutors' Office agreed. The Russian version of the protocols of depositions found their way onto the hands of the Polish prosecutors. The content of the depositions was redacted and conveniently changed. It concerned, for example, the distance at which the KSL blip representing the Polish Tupolev on the radio-locator screen simply disappeared.
What we know, based on "unwashed" information is that, despite unusually thick fog and worsening weather conditions, the Smolensk flight controllers were ordered by Moscow to land the Polish Tupolev Flight 101 - and to land it at all costs. Deposed by the Russian investigators, both Plusnin and Rhyzhenko revealed that 20 to 30 minutes before the planned landing of the flight PLF 101, Plusnin contacted the "Logic" command center in Moscow. He asked, among other things, to redirect the plane to an auxiliary airport because of the worsening weather conditions. The decision to re-direct the flight never took place, and the flight controllers continued to reassure the Polish flight crew that they were "on-course" and on "correct descend path." It means that the flight controllers carried out Moscow's direct orders.
The YAK-40 crew members said that immediately after the crash, they saw a despondent man with blood rushing to his face, who ran out of the flight control tower. Before he was escorted to a less conspicuous place by the members of Russian secret services, he spoke with Remigiusz Mus, who - let us emphasize it - spoke fluent Russian. We cannot inquire of Remigiusz Mus what exactly was said due to his rather suspicious "suicide".
In any large undertaking, even one that is administered by the best in the business, mistakes happen. One correction, that the Russian regime under Putin surely did not intend to make, was the unexpected new evidence of samples with detectors that revealed the presence of the TNT. This naturally raises suspicion that an explosive device entered into the crash events. Was this insurance that the pilots would have no recourse to a flight correction? After all, it is not even necessary that such a device would have the power to damage the structure of the plane. A simple flash and shock wave would suffice to be disorienting to the crew and disruptive of the flight path. So far, no official story has emerged to account for the TNT and we expect that another "rewrite" is in the works.
Source:Niezalezna.pl, "Smoleńsk: samobójcy ratują kontrolerów” by Leszek Misiak, Grzegorz Wierzchołowski
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