The evidence points towards explosion!
Report of the Polish State Sub-Commission
on the 7th Anniversary of the Smolensk Crash
Published: April15, 2017
“A series of malfunctions prevented the execution of ‘go around’ command. Everything points toward explosion,” concludes Berczyński’s Sub-Commission.
The conference of the Polish Sub-Commission formed by the Ministry of National Defense to investigate the Smolensk crash (Berczynski Sub-Commission) took place at the Military Technical Academy in Warsaw on the 7th anniversary of the crahs of the Polish Air Force One in Smolensk, Russia. Below is a report from that meeting.
Dr. Wacław Berczyński emphasizes that the results shown in the video presented to the public are merely a summary illustration of much more complex analyses conducted by the experts. One of the key conclusions reached by the Sub-Commission is the following: “The circumstances point towards an explosion onboard.” Here is an excerpt from the video presentation on this point:
The theory of an explosion was taken very seriously. (…) the most likely cause of explosion would have been thermo-baric explosives with very strong striking force, which would have forced seats and victims’ bodies out of the aircraft. Is that what happened in Smolensk?
The authors of the presentation emphasized that they conducted many experiments that led them to the conclusion suggesting an explosion in Smolensk.
As shown in the presentation, the starting point of the aircraft’s disintegration in the air was at about 900 meters before the runway. According to the Sub-Commission, the final stage of the tragedy was caused by an explosion in the cockpit.
The video presentation included a report from the scientific experiment that examined what kind of force was necessary to push the aircraft door deep into the ground at the crash site in Smolensk. The vertical velocity of this door had to be ten times higher than that of the aircraft. The experts point out that the scientific analysis of the position of the door at the crash site proves that there had to be another source of energy that made the impact on the aircraft’s door different to that of the aircraft.
The presenters also points out that the position of the wreckage proves its disintegration took place in the air. The Military Technical Academy’s team conducted an experiment on that point. The experiment was filmed with the fast cameras. The data analysis showed that the aircraft began to disintegrate at minimum of 20 meters above the ground.
The conclusions are unambiguous. The command to go around, i.e. not to land, was issued at the decision height of 100 meters and it was not the fault of the pilots that they were unable to implement this command. Experts stated, though, that they are not absolutely certain yet what prevented the Polish pilots from executing the ‘go around’ command, i.e. depart safely.
A possible reason is a series of failures, registered by the black box, which began at around 2.5 kilometers from the airport. The Polish black box registered a failure of the main hydraulic installation. It might have failed due to the sudden lack of pressure in the first hydraulic unit.
A video was presented, in which a Russian aircraft, Ił-76MD, attempted to land twice at the Smolensk airport some time before the arrival of the Polish airplane. In the end, the aircraft went to another airport, having failed to land due to bad weather conditions. The trajectory of the Russian plane varies significantly from that of the Polish aircraft, which, according to the Sub-Commission, proves that the Polish pilots were deliberately misled.
According to the evidence presented by the Sub-commission, some parts from Polish Air Force One were found far before the birch tree at Bodin’s allotment. It was this birch tree that was blamed in the previous reports for the destruction of the aircraft.
Next, a detailed report was presented regarding the behavior and actions of Russian air traffic controllers, such as providing the Polish pilots with false information.
“Most significantly, Ryzenko (RU) lied to Captain Protasiuk (PL) about the height of the entrance point to the runway. The information Protasiuk received forced him to descent quicker. He could not know that, as a result of the speed, the aircraft would be ready to land around a kilometer before the runway, which would then cause the crash,” says the presenter.
It was emphasized that none of the Russian controllers ordered the aircraft to “go around” although they should have done so.
According to the presentation, actions were taken to disorientate the Polish pilots as they approached the radio beacon. The radio altimeter, which was to be set for the height of 100 meters, reacted on 65 meters of height, while the settings of an automatic radio compass found after the crash (…) was prevented from signal reception.
According to Dr. Wacław Berczyński team, the Russian air traffic controllers were not legally able to conduct their duties.
On April 10, 2010, the Smolensk air traffic controllers contacted General Vladimir Benediktov, who was in Moscow that day. He was a deputy commander of military transport aviation at the time. It was General Bededictov in Moscow who was in charge of guiding the lending of Polish Air Force One that day.
Donald Tusk’s government’s involvement in separating the visits in Smolensk was also mentioned.
Minister Antoni Macierewicz speaks in the presence of Jarosław Kaczyński.
“This is the time for action, not words. The public institutions, which (initially) led the Smolensk investigation, failed to deliver. (…) Today, the Polish government is taking upon the task of solving the Smolensk crash. We are honored to present the sub-commission’s findings,” the Defense Minister announced.
In his speech, Macierewicz expressed his thanks to the Sub-Commission’s experts and those media representatives, who “did not lose their hope to find the truth.”
The Sub-Commission’s Chairman, Dr. Wacław Berczyński, stated that the Sub-Commission would demonstrate “how the aircraft was badly guided, unlike the Russian plane, which was scheduled to land earlier, but did not.” Also “errors, or gross misconduct of the Russian controllers,” and “experiments conducted with the aircraft’s model in a one-to-one scale that represents the cabin above the floor,” all “prove that MAK’s and Miller’s Commission’s reports are false, ” says Berczynski.
On April 10, 2010, 96 people, including the President of Poland Lech Kaczyński with his wife and the Central Command of the Polish Armed Forces were killed in the crash of the Polish Tu-154M aircraft in Smolensk, Russia.
The initial investigation into the crash was led by the Polish Committee for Investigation of National Aviation Accidents, chaired by Jerzy Miller, who was also the head of Polish Ministry of Interior at the time. The Miller’s Commission’s report, published in July 2011, stated that the cause of the crash was a descent under the minimum altitude, which made the aircraft crash into trees, which in turn led to the aircraft’ gradual destruction. The Commission emphasized that neither the sound recorders, nor the flight’s parameters, confirmed the theory of an on-board explosion.
PIS representative Antoni Macierewicz and his parliamentary team challenged the Miller’s Commission findings. When PiS came to power, Macierewicz became the Minister of Defense and in February 2016 appointed a Sub-Commission to re-investigate the Smolensk crash. The Sub-Commission is a part of the Polish Committee for Investigation of National Aviation Accidents and consists of scientists, who previously worked with the parliamentary team.
The Sub-Commission began its works in March 2016. Its first press conference was organized in October 2016. Several days later, the Sub-Commission presented its findings to the Parliamentary Commission for Security and Defense.
According to the Sub-Commission’s Chair, Dr. Wacław Berczyński, his group of experts does not make any assumptions in approaching this investigation as opposed to the Miller’s Commission, which was under political pressure to produce results similar to the ones presented in the Russian final MAK report.
Click on the thumbnails below to view screen dumps from the detectors used to examine the wreckage and seats from the Polish president's plane crash in Smolensk. An "X" denotes the presence of the detected explosive substance and its type. The underlined Polish word "Probka" or "probka" in the screen dump 1 and 2, means "Sample"
Why did they all fly on the same plane?
Synopsis: January 12, 2013, Toronto, Canada. The wife of the late Deputy-Minister of Culture Tomasz Merta: "What I am about to tell you now, are suspicions - and not even my own - but, rather the [suspicions of the] individuals in the inner-circles of the [Polish] military... I heard a statement that was made - but, I am not taking any responsibility for how credible, or not credible it is. [I heard that] had the generals and journalists' not been re-assigned to different aircraft, it wouldn't have been the Tupolev [Tu-154M], but rather the Casa [transport aircraft] that would have been taken out.
Because the Generals were no longer onboard the Casa, there was no reason for it to get airborne. And for this reason it was the Yak[-40] that flew off to Smolensk. This Casa [transport aircraft] was never examined in any way. It was not subject to any examination. Aside from a single note in the deposition given to the military, no one was interested why this aircraft didn't fly [to Smolensk]. Perhaps, this is someones crazy phantasy, but perhaps it isn't.
Some [Polish] military personnel had suggested, that it [the Casa] had to stay behind at the Okecie military [tarmack], so that the explosives could be removed from it - because they were no longer needed [...] I am only repeating what I was told."
"Disarming" Explosives ...
It is worth for us to retrace the entire process of "disarming" the case of explosive substances at the crash site. It all started with the publication of Cezary Gmyz in "Rzeczpospolita" on October 30, 2012, and information that the detectors, which were used by experts in Smolensk (in late September and October) showed traces of TNT and nitroglycerine.
As it turned out, the journalist was also reporting about the indication of Hexogen. The storm broke. The prosecution denied the publication, and ultimately, the editor-in-chief of "Rzeczpospolita," Cezary Gmyz and two other journalists lost their jobs. The entire editorial staff of one of Poland’s most popular weeklies, "Uważam Rze", was also silenced.
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