Read the whole article first . pls .
Certainly, shall we have some fun?
Practically everyone in Poland, and many others around the world, strongly suspected that Russia, especially Putin, must have had a hand in the crash.
Not true in the slightest. In fact, many people thought that while it was a cruel coincidence, they also realised that trying to land a plane in heavy fog at an airport which wasn't equipped with an ILS (or similar) system was always going to be difficult. It was only ever a minority in Poland that was screaming RUSSIA MURDER.
The airplane was a 20-year-old Russian TU-154M that had been refurbished and upgraded in Russia four months before, and probably completely bugged.
Again, more groundless speculation. Do you really, honestly think that the BOR are so useless (and Kaczynski so inept as not to order it?) as to not check a plane thoroughly for any sort of bugging device?
The instrumentation was the latest and best, and included a standard ILS (Instrument Landing System) receiver which would guide the airplane to the edge of the Smolensk runway — providing the ILS receiver and ground based transmitters were reliable and working properly.
What ILS at Smolensk-North? It didn't exist! The airport was closed, remember?
The ILS ground transmitters at the Smolensk airport
What ILS ground transmitters?
Forty minutes before the crash, a Russian YAK-40 airplane with 40 people on board landed safely. Twenty minutes before the crash a Russian AWAC airplane did a touch-and-go at the airport then flew on to Moscow
The Yak landed without clearance - and could've easily crashed too. Landing safely isn't and wasn't the same thing as approaching safely.
At the outer marker, two kilometers from the runway
As the report says, confirmed with Google Earth - the outer NDB marker was actually at close to 7km from the runway.
The aircraft’s reported speed of 280 K/hr has to be an error. This is twice the speed of a normal landing approach.
Has to be an error? The TU-154 is well known for the high landing speed - for instance, the B version has a landing speed of around 230km/h - and the M variant is higher.
Although the Russian investigation is in violation of a few agreements — the Chicago Convention that governs international air crashes
Covered above. Perhaps he might want to tell me what a Civil convention has to do with a military flight.
with no opposition from a strong anti-communist president.
Strong? He clearly doesn't realise that the Polish Presidency is a rather weak position with little executive power.