Polish investigators conducting the inquiry into the plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others in 2010 have detected “chemical structures similar to those in high-energy materials such as, for example, explosive materials” in the wreckage. However these materials could have come from many sources, including pesticides, according to prosecutors.
The announcement follows a report in Poland’s Rzeczpospolita newspaper which claimed traces of explosives including nitroglycerine and TNT had been discovered amid the wreckage of the TU-154 plane. Traces of the chemicals were found on the wings and in the cabin, including on 30 seats, during analysis in Russia, the paper reported.
Meanwhile, Jarosław Kaczynski, the twin brother of the late president and leader of Poland’s largest opposition party, Law and Justice, said the prosecutor’s statement “looked like a big lie”.
He said the fallout from the crash had caused the prime minister, Donald Tusk, to lose the “moral authority” to rule the country and called for his resignation. Kaczynski has previously claimed Tusk botched the investigation into the crash.
In a further twist, it was revealed on Monday that a key witness to the investigation had been found hanged. Remigiusz Mus, a flight engineer who had landed a plane in Smolensk airport minutes before the disaster, claimed to have heard two explosions before the president’s plane went down.
Full article: The Russian Plane That Killed Poland’s President In 2010 May Have Been Packed With Explosives (Business Insider)