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Poland to announce new version of 2010 presidential jet crash soon

March 26, 2018, 12:38 UTC+3 MOSCOW

According to Poland’s Ambassador to Moscow Wlodzimierz Marciniak, the suggestion that an explosion allegedly occurred aboard the presidential plane "is among several others"

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MOSCOW, March 26. /TASS/. Poland’s governmental subcommittee, which has launched a new investigation into the 2010 presidential jet crash near Russia’s Smolensk, will soon announce its conclusions, Poland’s Ambassador to Moscow Wlodzimierz Marciniak said in an interview with TASS.

"During the work they [subcommittee - TASS] published parts of the report, which may be only viewed as preliminary statements on certain technical issues," the ambassador said. "The subcommittee does not give any particular timeframe for concluding its work, but I think this will happen soon."

According to the envoy, the suggestion that an explosion allegedly occurred aboard the presidential plane "is among several others." "There is no final version of the cause of the crash," he confirmed. "There is no final report now. The work on it is in progress."

A Tu-154M airliner carrying a top Polish delegation crashed near the city of Smolensk in west Russia on April 10, 2010, killing all 96 people on board, including Polish President Lech Kaszynski and many other senior military and political figures. The plane’s pilots made a decision to land despite poor visibility and the absence of a visual contact with the ground. The plane crashed just several meters away from the runway.

In June 2017, a decision on exhuming the remains was launched upon the decision of the Polish prosecutors. Some relatives had opposed the decision, but the prosecutors turned a blind eye to their stance. The case is considered by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

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