Polish Military Plane Crash Kills 20

A military plane (CASA-295M) crash in northwestern Poland has killed 20 people, Poland’s prime minister said early Thursday. Prime Minister Donald Tusk said the plane crash, which occurred Wednesday evening as the plane was about to land, killed 20 people, including one brigadier general and four crew members.

“Soldiers, husbands and fathers have died, and that is the most tragic result of this catastrophe,” Tusk said.

Casa 295

Spanish Air Force CASA 295

The air force plane carrying 16 passengers and four crew members was approaching an air force airstrip at Miroslawiec shortly after 7 p.m. (1800 GMT) when it crashed in a forested area.

The passengers were military officers who had been attending a flight safety conference in Warsaw.

Officials said it was the first accident in Poland involving a CASA transporter, which is generally considered an extremely reliable aircraft.

The airplane took off from Warsaw and was scheduled to make stops in three cities before returning to its home base in Krakow. It crashed before reaching its second destination

Source: AP

We will keep track of the updates.

By Szafi

4 Responses to “Polish Military Plane Crash Kills 20”

  1. 1 balint01 January 25, 2008 at 5:32 am

    According to the first reports, the ILS (Instrument Landing System) system of the airport didn’t work, and the pilot attempted to land for the second time when the crash happened. In theory, the plane should be able to land without IlS, it only makes the pilot’s job easier. But let’s wait for further information.

  2. 2 Piotr Struglinski May 16, 2008 at 12:42 pm


    For some reason I think it’s got something to do with the shield negotiations. Someone must not have agreed.

    Ps. my first mail got deleted!

  3. 3 Piotr Struglinski May 29, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Why is the millitary so involved in flight safety conferneces?
    They should know better.

  4. 4 Tom Mysiewicz April 27, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Eerie similarities with the current 2010 crash. I’ll bet it had something to do with Poland’s acceptance of a system that could knock out Russia’s capability to respond to a nuclear first strike. No sane military leader–after the events of 1939–could accept empty promises to take a national risk like that.

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