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Russian media reports said [Kaczynski] had once become angry with a pilot who refused to land in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, on the grounds that it was unsafe. The same thing may have happened at Smolensk, aviation experts claimed. They suggested he may have pressed the pilot to make at least two attempts to land. [...]

A Russian military aircraft that attempted to land at the Smolensk airfield half an hour before the arrival of the Polish plane aborted because of the fog and was diverted to Moscow.

"No one should have been landing in that fog," said a Russian air traffic control official who had been present during conversations with the pilot. (London Times)


Back in 2008, when Georgia and Russia fought their brief war, Kaczynski was on his way to Tbilisi to support Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili, in what he saw as fight with the Kremlin's "new imperialism".

Air traffic control told the pilot of Kaczynski's plane to turn back because it was too dangerous to land in Tbilisi, but the president -- who also is commander in chief under Poland's law -- ordered the pilot to land anyway. (Reuters)



A bomb, H bomb, Minuteman / The names get more attractive / The decisions are made by NATO / The press call it British opinion -- The Three Johns
by Alexander on Sat Apr 10th, 2010 at 11:51:05 PM EST
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