The day of the Smolensk air disaster – level 2


On April 10, 2010, a Polish plane was flying to Russia. There were many important Polish people on board the plane. President Lech Kaczynski and his wife were there. Top army officers and members of the parliament were also on board.

The plane was flying to an airport which was old and not suitable for a big plane.

There was big fog at the airport, so the captain got an opportunity to land at another airport. However, some army officers on board the plane didn’t like it and pushed the captain into landing the plane. When he tried to land, the plane came into contact with the trees and then crashed.

96 people on board died. It was a national disaster for Poland.

Difficult words: suitable (good for something), opportunity (a chance), however (old and not very good), crash (to have an accident).

What could the Polish government have done to prevent the crash of the plane on April 10, 2010?


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