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In a striking announcement Wednesday, a Polish government committee suggested that traces of explosives have been found on the wreckage of a Polish plane that crashed in 2010.
As the committee put it, "much damage to the left wing of the TU 154M plane carried traces of an explosion."
Flight - Flight - Approach - Smolensk - Russia
But this flight wasn't just any flight. As it crashed on approach to landing in Smolensk, Russia, the plane was carrying Poland's government and armed forces elite. The passengers included then-President Lech Kaczynski, eighteen members of the parliament, the commanding generals of all three branches of the armed forces, a former president, and the head of Poland's national bank.
While earlier investigations suggested pilot error and poor visibility caised the crash, these latest allegations pertain to a new investigation opened in 2015.
Committee - Ruling - Law - Justice - Party
This investigative committee was set up by the ruling Law and Justice party, chaired by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the brother of the late president who had died in the crash. The surviving Kaczynski has long been convinced that a conspiracy was behind his brother's death, and some believe the new investigation exists to create facts to support his thesis.
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