Poland faults Russians in president's crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Polish investigators say Russian air traffic controllers failed to warn the crew of President Lech Kaczynski's plane that it was off course shortly before it crashed last year.

Interior Minister Jerzy Miller - who heads a Polish panel investigating the crash - made the claim Tuesday, days after the release of a Russian report that laid the blame squarely on the Poles.

Miller says controllers confirmed to the crew that the plane was on the correct course to land - but the aircraft was actually flying 70 yards below the level it should have been at and also was 80 yards off course.

Miller was presenting parts of the recorded conversation between the crew and tower.

The April 10 crash in dense fog in Smolensk, Russia, killed Kaczynski and 95 others.
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