10:19 Sep. 12, 2016
New audio from air traffic control tower in Smolensk (Russia) airport conflicts with the previous tapes
New evidence has appeared in the case of the Tu-154 crash near Smolensk in April 2010, which killed the then Polish President, Lech Kaczynski along with other top leaders of the country, according to Poland's TVP.
Chairman of the Inquiry Commission Waclaw Berczynski has said the evidence includes recordings from air traffic control tower in Smolensk airport, reads the report.
"We have a tape. It is totally different from what we've heard so far. It's also different from the recordings from the towers and aircraft. There is an apparent contradiction, and changes the category of news we get from Russia," said Berczynski.
He added that so far, the commission had at its disposal the recordings between the tower and the crew, while the new audio is directly from the tower, the two audio recordings contradict each other.
The investigator says the recordings showed that the crew seemed to have been misled. There is a "significant" difference in the distance to the runway, provided to the crew. The Commission considers that this could affect the crew's attempt to land the plane, which resulted in the crash.
The Commission will further check the audio recording. Berczynski did not rule out re-qualification of charges after studying the material.
The Commission's members have scheduled a press conference for Thursday, September 15, where they will elaborate on the investigation details.
Polish government's Tu-154 airplane with 96 senior officials on board crashed during the approach to landing at a military airfield in Smolensk, Russia in April 2010. The Polish delegation was planning to attend the commemoration event on the 70th anniversary of the Katyn tragedy. Among those killed were Polish President Lech Kaczynski along with his wife.
Polish and Russian aviation experts commissions called a pilot error the main cause of the accident. Supporters of the Polish Law and Justice (PiS) party, co-founded by Lech Kaczynski, are convinced that the crash was the result of an organised attempt on the life of the Polish president.
Reporting by UNIAN