Polish President Kaczynsk died in plane crash due to pilot defiance of control tower warning not to land.
The wreckage at the crash site where Polish President Lech Kaczynski died
Air traffic controllers watched their screens with growing unease yesterday morning 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.
For reasons as yet unknown, 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.READ MORE HERE.