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Top Polish officials resign over Smolensk crash

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Top Polish officials resign over Smolensk crash


Poland’s new defence minister has dissolved the Air Force regiment responsible for transporting top state officials. It comes after a report published last Friday cited poor pilot training and lax security procedures as the cause of the 2010 crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski.

Tomasz Siemoniak says three generals and 10 officers responsible for the training of pilots have also been dismissed. Siemoniak himself was only sworn in earlier this week, after his predecessor Bogdan Klich was forced out due to the report’s findings.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk told reporters that for him, it was the right decision to take. He also announced the resignations of three top Defence Officials, including the deputy Minister.

These are the first political repercussions since the disaster in April 2010. The plane, carrying Poland’s Presidential couple along with most of the country’s political and military elite, crashed on landing at Smolensk in Russia. All 96 on board were killed.

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