Poland publishes black box text from doomed presidential jet

2nd June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Poland on Tuesday published the transcript of a black box recovered from the Polish government jet that crashed on April 10 in Russia killing president Lech Kaczynski and all 95 fellow passengers.

The transcript of around the last 40 minutes of the doomed flight, in both Russian and Polish, was published on the Polish interior ministry website.

It appeared to confirm earlier reports that pilots had not reacted to the aircraft's automatic danger alert.

The aircraft's automatic warning phrase "Pull up, Pull up," is repeated several times during the last 20 seconds before the crash, but the pilots of the Russian-made Tupolev Tu-154 appear not to have reacted to the command.

The black box had been handed over officially by Russian investigators to Poland on Monday.

All 96 people on board the jet including Kaczynski, his wife and scores of senior Polish officials were killed in the crash in heavy fog outside the western Russian city of Smolensk.

The presidential delegation was headed to the nearby Katyn forest for ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of a World War II massacre of thousands of Polish officers by the Soviet secret police.

© 2010 AFP

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