SAN FRANCISCO, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Polish President, Lech Kaczynski, and 95 other people, including Poland's First lady, former President Ryszard Kaczorowski, deputy foreign minister, deputy defense minister, 15 members of Parliament, the chiefs of the army, air force, navy, the president of the National Bank of Poland, government officials, senior members of the Polish clergy and relatives of victims of the Katyn massacre, were killed in a plane crash near Smolensk, Russia, on April 10, 2010. It was a single most devastating loss ever of a nation's leadership in a single air accident, the worst national disaster to befall Poland since WW II.
The Government of Poland handed over the burden of investigation to the Russian government, and therefore acted contrary to the previous agreement concluded in 1992 between two countries regarding such type of accidents.
The Russian Interstate Aviation Committee after a short investigation pronounced pilot error as a cause of the crash with possible pressure exerted by the officials present on board.
For the last three years, a fierce struggle developed between the official Russian and Polish positions and the Polish Parliamentary Committee established to monitor the investigations, that the Smolensk crash was nothing more than an accident caused by the pilot error versus those who object to what they believe are obvious omissions, contradictions and inadequacies of the official reports.A proposal introduced by Congressman Peter King of New York, H. Res. 1489, which called for an independent international investigation, had failed. Three years after the crash a dismal feeling is prevailing that the bona fide investigation has not even began. On October 22, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland, a multi-disciplinary scientific conference analyzing the causes of the crash was held with nearly 100 scientist from the United States, Australia and Poland in attendance. Its results challenged the official Russian and Polish reports. One of the first scientist who publicly objected to the official version of the events, is Dr. Wieslaw Binienda, Professor and Chair of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Akron, Ohio. Professor Binienda is an expert on high energy impacts. He collaborated with NASA on the investigation of the Shuttle disaster.