Computer reconstruction of Flight 101's screen before it crashed
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Polish pilots blamed for Smolensk air disaster

Russia has blamed the Smolensk air crash which killed the Polish president and nearly 100 other people in April on pilot error.

The crew failed to heed bad weather warnings because they were afraid of displeasing President Lech Kaczynski, Russian aviation officials said.

They added the presence of Poland's air force commander in the cockpit drove them to take an unjustified risk and to land the plane at any cost.

The BBC's Steven Rosenberg reports.

  • 12 Jan 2011