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It was just the other day when I was watching the history channel and they were running a documentary on AirForce One and now we here about the tragedy of the plane crash. article below

 

Polish president dies in plane crash after pilot ignored warning not to land

Wiped out: Poland’s political and military elite

 

Poland suffered its greatest peacetime tragedy yesterday when its president and dozens of other leading figures were killed in a plane crash in Russia after their pilot ignored warnings not to land in thick fog.

 

President Lech Kaczynski, 60, his wife Maria, an economist, and 95 others died on their way to commemorate the massacre of 22,000 Polish prisoners at Katyn in 1940 by Stalin’s secret police.

 

Instead of diverting, as advised, the pilot of the 20- year-old plane tried and failed to land at least once, before clipping trees and plunging into a forest.

 

Air traffic controllers watched their screens with growing unease as the Soviet-era Tupolev descended into the fog that hung like a shroud over the military airfield at Smolensk in western Russia.

 

The controllers had already issued several warnings not to attempt a landing because of the danger posed by visibility close to zero. They wanted the plane to divert to Moscow or Minsk, the Belarus capital.

 

But the plane carrying a Polish presidential delegation to commemorate the Soviet massacre of Polish officers in the Katyn forest seven decades ago came in to land regardless.

 

“At a distance of 2.5km [1.5 miles] the head of air traffic control ascertained that the crew had increased the speed of the descent,” said Alexander Alyoshin, of the Russian air force.

 

“The head of the air traffic control group gave a command to the crew to put the aircraft into the horizontal position and when the crew did not implement this order, several times gave orders to divert to an alternative airport.

 

“Despite this, the crew continued the descent. Unfortunately this ended in tragedy.”

 

Russia Today and other television stations reported that even before the first attempt to land, the pilot had been dumping fuel — indicating some form of mechanical problem — so by the fourth attempt there was no alternative but to put the aircraft down.

 

President Lech Kaczynski, 60, who with his identical brother Jaroslaw, had dominated conservative politics in Poland for 20 years since the downfall of communism, was killed with his wife, Maria, 66, an economist, and 95 other people, including some of the country’s top military and civilian leaders, as the plane plunged into the forest about 300 yards short of the runway.Television images showed pieces of smouldering wreckage scattered over a wide area among the trees. A tailfin with the Polish red and white colours stuck up from the debris. There were no survivors.

 

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This is what they overheard right before they crashed, after the pilot refused not to listen to the tower.

 

The plane was descending for a landing at an airport they had never been to before. The pilot looked out the windshield and suddenly exclaimed to the copilot, "Look how short the runway is! I've never seen one that short!"

 

The copilot looked out the windshield. "Wow! you`re right! That`s incredible! Are you sure we can make it?"

 

"Well we better, were almost out of fuel."

 

So the captain got on the intercom and notified the passengers to put their heads between their knees and prepare for an emergency landing. Then he set the flaps to full down and slowed the plane to just over stall speed. The big jumbo jet came screaming in, on the ragged edge of control. The pilot`s hands were sweating, the copilot was praying. They touched down and came screeching to a halt JUST before the edge of the runway, the tires smoking.

 

"WHEW! That was CLOSE!" yelled the captain."That runway was SHORT!"

 

"Yeah!" said the copilot,"and WIDE too!" CRASH........

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This is what they overheard right before they crashed, after the pilot refused not to listen to the tower.

 

The plane was descending for a landing at an airport they had never been to before. The pilot looked out the windshield and suddenly exclaimed to the copilot, "Look how short the runway is! I've never seen one that short!"

 

The copilot looked out the windshield. "Wow! you`re right! That`s incredible! Are you sure we can make it?"

 

"Well we better, were almost out of fuel."

 

So the captain got on the intercom and notified the passengers to put their heads between their knees and prepare for an emergency landing. Then he set the flaps to full down and slowed the plane to just over stall speed. The big jumbo jet came screaming in, on the ragged edge of control. The pilot`s hands were sweating, the copilot was praying. They touched down and came screeching to a halt JUST before the edge of the runway, the tires smoking.

 

"WHEW! That was CLOSE!" yelled the captain."That runway was SHORT!"

 

"Yeah!" said the copilot,"and WIDE too!" CRASH........

 

Ignorant.

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Come on that joke was funny and had perfect timing.

 

The joke made no sense to me for a minute. I couldn't figure out why the plane came to a complete halt and then crashed. Woulda made more sense if he made the comment just before touchdown. "Gee, if only this runway was as long as it was wide."

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The joke made no sense to me for a minute. I couldn't figure out why the plane came to a complete halt and then crashed. Woulda made more sense if he made the comment just before touchdown. "Gee, if only this runway was as long as it was wide."

 

Sounds like your on to something, vapor. Maybe we can have some good material soon.

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The joke made no sense to me for a minute. I couldn't figure out why the plane came to a complete halt and then crashed. Woulda made more sense if he made the comment just before touchdown. "Gee, if only this runway was as long as it was wide."

 

Sharp as a marble, this one.

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