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Poland to digitally recreate Smolensk plane: reports

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Polish Ministry of National Defense is planning to spend over PLN 3.5 million (890,000 U.S. dollars) to create a virtual model of the Tu-154 aircraft that crashed in April 2010 near Smolensk, Polish media reported Tuesday.

FILE - In this April 13, 2010 file photo, emergency ministry workers stand near the wreckage at the site of the plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski in Smolensk, western Russia. Poland's government is accusing European Council President Donald Tusk of betraying national interests and bowing to Moscow in the investigation of the 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed Kaczynski and 95 others. (Credits: AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, File | Manila Bulletin)

In this April 13, 2010 file photo, emergency ministry workers stand near the wreckage at the site of the plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski in Smolensk, western Russia. (Credits: AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, File | Manila Bulletin)

According to the Polish RMF FM radio, a special technology will be used to capture the outside geometry and the inside structure of the large aircraft and it will also serve to recreate “the structural elements inside the machine.”

Since Poland still doesn’t get the Tu-154 wreck from the Russian government, experts will avail themselves of a similar plane that is available in Poland.

This technology will also (but not exclusively) be used by a special commission to investigate the details of the Smolensk crash.

The Polish National Prosecutor Office, which responsible for investigating the crash, recently informed that it is cooperating with a Spanish science laboratory to determine the cause of the disaster.

According to a previous international investigation, the direct cause of the crash was the crew’s failure to make timely decision to divert the plane to the standby airport and attempt to land in Smolensk by all means. But Polish side disagrees with this report and reopened its own investigation in 2016.

The Polish air force plane tragically crashed in the city of Smolensk on April 10, 2010. Besides president Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria Kaczynska, more than 90 senior officials and plane staff died in the crash. (PNA/Xinhua)

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