A Polish commission, which is engaged in a second investigation of the Smolensk disaster, said that there are traces of an explosion on the left wing of the aircraft.
This was stated by the press secretary of the commission, Marta Palenek, as reported by Polish news agency RMF24.
“At the last plenary meeting of the commission on July 25, an agreement was reached on the main reasons for the destruction of the left wing of the Tu-154M,” she said.
According to the commission, “the destruction of the left wing of the Tu-154M was not caused by a collision with birch trees.”
“The destruction of the wing began before the collision with the birch trees. There are numerous places on the left wing of the Tu-154M aircraft that have traces of an explosion,” the commission said.
On April 10, 2010, near the Smolensk North Airport, the Tu-154 crashed with Polish President Lech Kaczynski on board.
Ninety-six people were killed in the crash. The Polish delegation was on their way to participate in the events dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre.