Investigator finds no trace of explosives in wreckage at Smolensk

A probe of the wreckage from the 2010 plane crash in Smolensk, Russia, that killed Polish president Lech Kaczynski has found no trace of explosives, a military prosecutor said on Friday. Crash site investigations and victim exhumations have also failed to reveal evidence of explosives. The Polish government jet was carrying 96 people when it went down on April 10, 2010, near Smolensk, killing all aboard. The victims included dozens of other political and military leaders. Russian and Polish investigators have blamed pilot error for the crash, which occurred as the Russian-built Tupolev Tu-154 was trying to land in fog. But some members of the conservative Law and Justice party, now in opposition, remain convinced that Kaczynski, a critic of the Kremlin, was assassinated. His twin brother, Jaroslaw, heads the party. The investigations were prompted by unconfirmed reports in 2012 that claimed Polish investigators had found traces of explosives on the plane wreckage. More than 250 samples from the crash site were sent to Warsaw for laboratory testing. During demonstrations marking the third anniversary of the crash, about 1,000 people marched in front of the Russian embassy in Warsaw, calling the air crash a deliberate attack. The investigation, headed by the military prosecutor, will continue until April.[Read more]