Polish Defense Minister: Plane crash that killed Polish President in 2010 was an act of terrorism

Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said that the plane crash near Smolensk that took the life of President Lech Kaczynski and other Polish officials was an act of terrorism. Macierewicz said that the act was aimed at depriving Poland of the people who led the country to independence. The Minister did not directly say that Moscow was responsible, BBC reported.

Earlier, an inquiry found that the plane crashed due to pilot error, but Poland recently opened a fresh probe into the crash.

The Tu-154 airplane carried the former President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, and other senior civilian and military officials on board.  The plane crashed on the 10th of April 2010 while landing near Smolensk on its way to Katyn, where the Polish delgation travelled in order to hold a memorial for the Polish officers who were killed at the hands of the Soviet NKVD in 1940, an event known as the Katyn Massacre.  The plane crash took the lives of 96 people.

  Poland, Smolensk air crash

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