He was highly experienced and you had ample flying experience, convex.
Actually, I stand corrected. Maj Grzywna had 3500 hours and was with the 36th for 13 years. The engineer (Zietek) had 9 years with the regiment. The captain for that flight (Protasiuk) had 1400 hours (on the 154 and the Yak-40, not TT) and was them for 13 years as well.
Apparently the 36th has been losing pilots to the private sector and are down to a skeleton crew.
This accident looks like what you'd expect from using inexperienced crew, old aircraft and polish mentality. That is, an ill-advised NPA, straying below minima, failure to arrest the sink rate, resulting in CFIT.
Your first line is BS, the second is spot on.
I'm afraid the Russians only tried to help by strongly advising the crew to divert... but did the Polish listen.... nyet!
True, get-there-itis. The flight was doomed from the start. Diverting to alternates would have meant that the delegation would have missed the ceremony.
What was his journey path?
Warsaw to Smolensk in a Yak.