The day of the Smolensk air disaster – level 3


On April 10, 2010, a Polish government plane headed to Russia for a memorial ceremony. They flew to honor the memory of Polish citizens who died there during World War II.

There were 96 people on board. Most of them were the elite of the Polish nation. President Lech Kaczynski and his wife were there. There were also top army officers on board the plane and the most significant representatives of the parliament.

The plane headed for a former military airport, but the airport was obsolete. It was not suitable for landing a large plane.

There was thick fog at the airport, so the captain was given the 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. He eventually tried to do so, even though he didn’t get permission to land from the control tower.

Unfortunately, the landing didn’t end up well. The plane came into contact with the upper branches of the trees and then crashed. Nobody on board survived. It was a national disaster for Poland.

Difficult words: memorial (done to remember somebody who died), elite (the top people), obsolete (old and not very good), eventually (at the end), even though (used to emphasize that it is true although it shouldn’t be happening).

What effect did this tragedy have on the Polish nation?


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