Russian air traffic controllers acted properly during ex-Polish President Kaczynski plane crash

The Russian Investigative Committee has categorically dismissed Warsaw's accusations leveled at Russian air traffic controllers who were at work during the April 10, 2010 crash of a Tupolev Tu-154 jet outside Smolensk while carrying a high-ranking Polish delegation, including then President Lech Kaczynski.

The Russian Investigative Committee has categorically dismissed Warsaw's accusations leveled at Russian air traffic controllers who were at work during the April 10, 2010 crash of a Tupolev Tu-154 jet outside Smolensk while carrying a high-ranking Polish delegation, including then President Lech Kaczynski.

"The Investigative Committee is continuing an investigation into the criminal case opened in relation to this disaster. The results obtained now show that no violations in the flight control group's actions have been revealed," Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax.

"They acted in strict accordance with both their manual and international standards," he said.

"The transcripts of commands issued from the flight control station have long been publicly available and fully reflect the warnings given to the crew that there were no proper conditions for receiving the aircraft, the setting of a decision height at 100 meters, the crew's confirmation of its preparedness to go around from this height, and the air traffic controllers' subsequent warnings about ground proximity and the necessity to go around," Markin said.

"All these warnings were absolutely ignored by the crew, which, in line with international civil aviation regulations, bears full responsibility for carrying out a flight and for making a decision on a plane's landing," he said.

"I also must point out that, at the Polish side's requests, Investigative Committee investigators questioned individuals possessing any information on the disaster, including the flight control group. All transcripts were timely transferred to Polish prosecutors," Markin said.

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