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Soviet Transport Database - Detailed Aircraft Information
Basic typeTu-154
Construction No90A837
Full typeReg / serial / codeOperator / coloursFirst ReportedRemarks
Tu-154M837Polish Air Forcemfd 29jun90opb 36. SPLT at WAW; in basic LOT c/s with 'Republic of Poland' titles; f/n WAW 12jul90; seen WAW 01mar95 with additional code '01'
Tu-154M101Polish Air ForceWAW dec96opb 36. SPLT at WAW; in white c/s with red trim and 'Republic of Poland'/'Rzeczpospolita Polska' titles; last overhaul completed dec09 (by Aviakor); l/n PRG 08apr10; w/o 10apr10 on a flight from Warsaw to Smolensk with a Polish government delegation on board which was to visit Katyn when approached Smolensk-Severny in thick fog (the pilot did not follow the advice by ATC to divert to Minsk or Moscow and insisted on landing at Smolensk despite the below-minima conditions), the aircraft descended too low, touched a lone tree 1,100 metres in front of the runway threshold and 15 metres below the runway's elevation and a group of trees 170 metres further on, clipped the tree tops and plunged into a forest some 350-500 metres short of the runway, all 8 crew and 88 passengers (among them Polish president Lech Kaczynski and other high-ranking officials) killed; t/t 5,143 hours and 3,899 cycles
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