Polish Pilots Cautioned Against Landing Attempt In Smolensk | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI

Airborne On ANN

AMA 04.20.17

Airborne
04.24.17

Airborne
04.25.17

Airborne
04.19.17

Airborne
04.20.17

Airborne
04.21.17

Airborne-Unmanned 04.18.17

Airborne-YouTube

AMA 04.20.17

Airborne
04.24.17

Airborne
04.25.17

Airborne
04.19.17

Airborne
04.20.17

Airborne
04.21.17

Airborne-Unmanned 04.18.17

Wed, Jun 02, 2010

Polish Pilots Cautioned Against Landing Attempt In Smolensk

96, Including Polish President, Were Killed In The Accident

A transcript from the cockpit voice recorder carried by the TU-154 which crashed in heavy fog in Western Russia in April shows that the pilots were warned by Russian aviation authorities to not attempt the landing at Smolensk. The resulting crash killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and 94 others.

The transcript included the final 39 minutes of the flight. It was published by Polish officials Tuesday. The Associated Press reports that the government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk was anxious to publish the report in part to quash rumors and conspiracy theories that have been reported by what he described as "tabloids."

The transcript shows that Russian air traffic controllers advised the pilots of the plane not to land, and it also recorded the terrain avoidance equipment repeating "pull up, pull up." The aircraft clipped a tree, which caused it to flip over and crash.

The recordings do not give a definitive answer to questions about who might have been in the cockpit, and whether the pilots were under pressure to attempt the landing. The delegation was running late to a ceremony in Smolensk, and according to the transcript, President Kaczynski's chief of diplomatic protocol Mariusz Kanzana did visit the cockpit about 15 minutes before the landing attempt. When he was told about the poor weather and the possibility of not being able to land, he reportedly says "well, then, we have a problem."

The pilots also reportedly talked with the pilots of a plane carrying Polish journalists which had landed successfully earlier. They talked about the thick fog and deteriorating weather, but also said the presidential plane could try to land. The New York Times reports that the transcript shows that the pilot, Arkadiusz Protasiuk, was told by Russian controllers “There are no conditions for landing.” “We’ll make an attempt," Protasiuk responded,  "but if the weather isn’t good, we’ll leave for a second round.” A few minutes later, controllers told the pilot to climb from his altitude of 325 feet. “If we fail to land, we are reascending on autopilot,” he responded.

No official cause for the accident has been determined by Russian and Polish aviation officials investigating the crash.

FMI: http://www.ulc.gov.pl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=419&Itemid=421

 


Advertisement

More News

AMA Drone Report 04.20.17: Phantom 4 Advanced, NJ NIMBYism, AMA-DJI Team Up

Also: AUVSI XPO17 LIVE!, Steady Drone Sales, Drone v Shotgun... DJI’s new Phantom 4 Advanced offers a more powerful camera and more upgraded controls. The new upgrades the or>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 04.18.17: Drones v Volcanoes!, Boston Marathon UAVs, XPO-LIVE!

Also: State Pavilions at XPONENTIAL, MQ-8C Fire Scout, Puma UAS, Drone Bust Drones DO wind up in some of the most amazing places... As evidence by the Universities of Bristol and C>[...]

Airborne 04.21.17: Gulfstream G280, Airport $$ Abuse, Boeing Jobs

Also: Drone Power, Jerkwater Drone Regs, CBP, Wichita UAS Mtg, Cessna Accident, Co-Pilot SNAFU, Atlas Air-Polar Air Gulfstream’s super mid-size G280 recently completed two mi>[...]

RFP: ANN Considering Future Options For HQ Relocation

Some Aggressive Upgrades For ANN, Aero-TV, and Airborne May Require New Digs It's been in development for years, but we're getting to a point where we think we can pull off somethi>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.24.17)

"We understand that the hearing will be 8 days before the Planes of Fame Air Show and we want to assure you that your overwhelming support throughout this situation has strengthene>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC