In April of 1940, thousands of Polish leaders, intellectuals, officers and business owners were killed by the secret police of Jewish Bolsheviks from the Soviet Union in what became known as the Katyn Forest Massacre. Katyn Forest is only a few miles away from Russian town of Smolensk.
Fast forward to 2010 and viola – 96 Polish leaders, including Polish president Lech Kaczyński, his wife Maria Kaczyński, former Polish president Ryszard Kaczorowski, senior Polish military officers, top members of Polish clergy, the president of the National Bank of Poland, chief of the Polish General Staff and other top government officials died in a plane crash in Smolensk.
Funny how Poland lost all of its top ranking figures twice in the same place. What’s even more ironic is that this second tragedy had the leaders on their way to Smolensk to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Forest Massacre. And yet more ironic thing is that the trip was intended to mend the 70 year long feud between Poland and Russia with Russia finally declassifying the Katyn Massacre documents and officially admitting that they lied by blaming the massacre on the Nazis. Instead of having the 70 year old scar mended, the Poles got a whole new big wound open.
According to the official version of the events, the Polish Air Force aircraft Tupolev Tu-154 which carried the officials intended to land at Smolensk North Airport but thick fog reduced visibility and as a result, the aircraft struck trees approaching the runway. After flipping and braking apart, the plane landed 200 meters from the runway killing each passenger inside.
Russian investigators came to a conclusion that the crash was the fault of the pilots, Polish investigators likewise concluded the same, but also blamed Smolensk’s Air Traffic Controllers for not providing accurate data and timely warning calls. The Poles also blamed the airport for not having proper illumination.
Smolensk Crash Conspiracies
Because of how auspicious the timing and place of Smolensk crash were, speculations about possible conspiracy are rampant. Many poles believe that Smolensk crash was no accident, but a political assassination. It would be a slap in the face for the Russians if Polish leaders attended the Katyn ceremony which gave rise to conspiracies that Russians deliberately served misleading information to the pilots or even went as far as blurring the airport with artificial fog.
Lech Kaczyński’s daughter Marta Kaczynska told in an interview with Focus magazine (Germany’s publication) that:
I am not a conspiracy theorist. But the many inconsistencies and puzzles surrounding the case mean that it is not possible to rule out an assassination attempt. Why was the airport in Smolensk not closed during such bad weather conditions? Why were the maps the Polish pilots were given old? Where did that sort of sudden fog come from?
More hard core conspiracy theories speculate that the plane landed safely in the mud but was disintegrated with a bomb. Those who did not die in the blast were executed with gunshots. There is a video filmed by a nearby resident immediately after the crash which proves this theory.
Fact of a matter is – as was the case with Katyn Forest Massacre, the Smolensk Plane Crash situation has been shrouded with lies. Since the accident occurred, the Poles were served one lie after another. As truth about lies is uncovered, speculation about conspiracy theories grow stronger and may very well be valid. Afterall, all one needs to do is look at the previous tragedy from that very area – they lied about who did it for 70 years, until they could no longer counter the weight of independently acquired evidence.
Smolensk Crash Photos
Gallery of photos below contains recently leaked images, including images of dead president Lech Kaczyński. They were not supposed to make it out but they did after a Russian blogger posted them on Live Journal. Polish authorities banned publication of images in Poland but their request to enforce the same rule outside of Poland failed.
Anti conspiracy sheep claim that they were leaked to shut the conspiracies down. The photos allegedly prove that the plane was not blown up. I’m not entirely clear how that can be assumed from these pics, but that’s what they say.
Props to several Best Gore members for the pics, including piksel169, gooey, trevorek7 and HomoErectus:
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