How Alcohol and Nervousness Can Kill You: Russia's Conclusion on Poland's Plane Crash.
Remember that time when you got so nervous you threw up? Or the first day of school, when everyone started to introduce themselves one by one and as your moment got nearer and nearer your hands started to sweat, and as simple as the introduction seemed — your name and possibly what you did for summer --, you thought you were going to say something wrong? Well, next time you embarrass yourself in public just remember, it could’ve been worse, it’s not like you crashed a plane or anything… oh wait unless you were the pilot flying the Tupolev Tu-154 that crashed last April carrying and ultimately killing 95 people, among them the president of Poland Lech Kaczyński, and a dozen of other senior government officials, now that’s embarrassing.
Russian officials in charge of investigating last April’s plane crash in which several Polish government members died, including the president; stated that psychological pressure together with impaired reasoning due to alcohol consumption by the pilot were the main causes for the tragic accident that occurred in Russian territory.
The Russians claim that the pilot was coerced to land on improper conditions by Polish commander, Gen. Andrzej Blasik, who was in the cockpit right before the accident and who had an alcohol level of .06 percent, enough to make a person pot-valiant. The report leaves the Russian air traffic controllers faultless stating that they never gave permission to land.
Call me stupid (you wouldn’t be the first one… or the tenth one), but I just can’t buy this report on its entirety. The plane crashed in Russia, thus the Russian government is responsible for investigating it. A reliable report would be expected were the passengers less politically relevant; however a crash of this magnitude, with so many government officials involved and with a strained relationship between the two countries; certainly raises suspicion towards Russia.Continued on the next page