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Polish plane crash mystery deepens

Cockpit recordings show pilots knew about poor visibility. So why did they keep descending?

Dramatic recordings from the black box of the doomed Polish government airliner that crashed April 10, killing Polish president Lech Kaczynski and 95 others, indicate that the main cause of the catastrophe was pilot error.

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Jun 8, 2010, 8:43 pm
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Another disappointing Global Post story. From the first moments after this tragedy, a combination of weather and pilot error were suspected as the causes of the crash. To suggest that “many Poles” were at any point shocked by the findings from black box data is xenophobic demagoguery of the worst sort, presumably in aid of sexing up the story. Two thumbs down.

Jun 8, 2010, 8:46 pm
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As to the question of a “mystery” about why the pilots tried to land, there’s no mystery. The pilots were almost certainly ex-military pilots, supremely (and incorrectly) confident of their abilities. They were under pressure to land, and probably couldn’t imagine not being up to the task. Happens nearly every day somewhere around the world.

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