WARSAW, 15 Nov — RIA Novosti. The body of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, who died in a plane crash near Smolensk in 2010, exhumed the Wawel castle in Krakow, reports PAP.
The sarcophagus, which rested Kaczynski, was opened after the closure of the Wawel for visitors. In the Cathedral of Cracow fortress was mass, it was attended by close relatives of Kaczynski, including daughter, Martha, and twin brother of the President, the leader of the ruling party of Poland “law and justice” Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
At the conclusion of the mass the remains were handed over to professionals who will deliver them to the institution of forensic medicine, Jagiellonian University medical College where research will be conducted. In addition to traditional autopsy will be carried out by computed tomography, which gives three-dimensional images that allow experts to assess the remains in a manner that is inaccessible to conventional study. Furthermore, a histopathological, Toxicological and physico-chemical studies.
It is assumed that the necessary material will be collected in four days and 18 November Kaczynski will be buried again, in the presence of loved ones. The official funeral ceremony is not scheduled.
Deputy Prosecutor General of Poland Marek Pasionek previously explained that the exhumation of those killed in the crash is necessary because of the errors that were allegedly found in the medical records. The group of 14 experts have four months to report on the collected samples.
The exhumation Kaczynski will be the first of exhumations of bodies of victims of the Smolensk disaster. It is planned to study the remains of 83 victims of the Smolensk tragedy — those who were not cremated or disinterred before. All the procedures according to the Polish Prosecutor General’s office, is scheduled for completion by the end of 2017.
The plane Tu-154 of Polish President Lech Kaczynski in 2010, crashed during landing at the airport “Smolensk-North”. Onboard there were 96 persons: 88 passengers and eight crew members flying at the mourning events in Katyn. They all died.
The interstate aviation Committee in 2011 issued a final report on the results of technical investigation according to which the immediate cause of the crash is recognized as the crew’s decision not to leave on spare airdrome, and the system reasons — deficiencies in flight operations and crew training.
New Polish Commission which investigates circumstances of the accident near Smolensk, on the 15th of September presented the first results of their work. Experts said that the plane began to disintegrate in the air at 900 metres from the crash site, and registrars went missing last seconds of recordings.
The Commission allegedly failed to obtain access to the full versions of the records, which indicate that in the last seconds of flight the aircraft was rejected by the generator, the engine and the sensors read the height. The Minister of defence of Poland Anthony Macierewicz decided to declassify the documents related to the crash.