Russia hands Poland report on president's plane crash

20th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russia on Wednesday handed Polish authorities a technical report on the Polish airliner that crash-landed near Smolensk in northwestern Russia in April, killing the Polish president and 95 others.

The report "contained the results of an investigation of the circumstances of the plane crash," the ITAR-TASS news agency reported.

Russia's Interstate Aviation Committee handed Poland's chief investigator, Edmund Klich, "full information on a report prepared by the technial committee," the committee said, withoute elaborating.

It also gave Klich a separate report on tests on parts of the cockpit found at the crash site, the agency reported.

Polish president Lech Kaczynski and dozens of top officials had been flying to Russia to attend a ceremony marking the 1940 massacre in Katyn forest of thousands of Polish army officers at the orders of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.

The months since the tragedy have seen a warming of once-tense relations between Russia and Poland.

Russia has stressed that it is handing full information to Poland and has made efforts to be open to the media, although Warsaw has complained of delays in the investigation.

© 2010 AFP

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