30 Oct 2012

Traces of explosives found on Smolensk Tupolev wreckage

Polish experts have found traces of explosives on the wreckage of the presidential plane that crashed in Smolensk in April 2010, killing President Lech Kaczyński and 95 others, reports Rzeczpospolita. The experts have been investigating the wreckage of Tu-154M for the last month, after Polish prosecutors expressed doubts regarding the Russian specialists' analysis of the pyrotechnics.


The analysis delivered by the Russians did not meet some procedural requirements, the newspaper reports, which is why a team of Polish experts – including specialists from the Central Forensic Laboratory and the Central Bureau of Investigation – was sent to Smolensk to carry out its own detailed investigation.

Using the most technically advanced equipment, they found some significant traces of explosives both inside the aircraft and on its wings. Devices detected traces of TNT and nitroglycerine also on 30 seats.

Warsaw Business Journal