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Poland’s Smolensk Crash: Four Years Later

Tue, Apr 8, 2014, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

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Poland’s Smolensk Crash: Four Years Later

Dr. Kazimierz Nowaczyk 

April 8, 2014
4:30 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
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This lecture is sponsored by the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies.

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As the fourth anniversary of the Smolensk Plane Crash–which killed the Polish president and 95 other members of Poland’s political and military elite in suspicious circumstances–approaches, Dr. Kazimierz Nowaczyk will deliver a lecture on the current state of our knowledge about the circumstances of the air disaster.

Dr. Nowaczyk will present the results of studies by experts from several countries-including the US, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Denmark, Germany, Poland and Russia-who collaborated over the last three years with the Polish Parliamentary Committee to Investigate the Crash of the presidential Tupolev-154M in Smolensk, Russia on April 10, 2010. Dr. Nowaczyk’s presentation will focus on the official Russian report, issued by the Interstate Aviation Committee (Russian MAK), which was put in charge of investigating the crash by an executive decision of the National Investigation Committee headed by Vladimir Putin himself.

The analysis will concentrate on the actions of the Russian air traffic controllers, the recorded data of the final seconds of the flight, and the immediate activities of the rescue services and official forces responsible for securing the crash site.

Dr. Kazimierz Nowaczyk received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Gdańsk, Poland. In the early 1990s, he began working for the Center for Fluorescence Spectroscopy at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. His scientific research has focused on fluorescence and phosphorescence of biological systems, image processing, and statistical data analysis. In 2011, he began cooperating with the Polish Parliamentary Committee for the Investigation of the 2010 Smolensk Air Disaster. He coordinates the research of a group of experts from many countries who investigate the causes of the Smolensk Crash.