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BREAKING NEWS ~ Polish Orthodox Bishop Killed in Presidential Plane Crash April 10, 2010

Posted by stgeorgeoma in Uncategorized.
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Word has just reached us that the Orthodox Bishop for the Polish Military Vicariate was on board the Presidential Aircraft that went down in Smolensk, Russia this morning. The President of Poland was on board as well and there were no survivors.

Archbishop Miron Chodakowski was 51 years old and the Bishop for Poland’s military. More information as it becomes available.

Memory Eternal!

Information about the Crash:
President Kaczynski, Archbishop Chodakowski, and their colleagues were flying in a Tupolev Tu-154 when it crashed on approaching the airport.

The plane came down a mile away from Smolensk airport, 220 miles south of Moscow, in foggy conditions. The Tupolev Tu-154 is described as the ‘workhorse’ of the Soviet airlines for decades, and aviation experts say it has a reasonable safety record for the amount of aircraft in use.

“The 154 is by a wide margin the most successful jet ever built by a communist economic system,” said Richard Aboulafia, vice president at Teal Group, a Virginia-based consultant.

“It was created at the height of the old Soviet Union’s ability to invent equipment that at least approximated the achievements of the West. The real problem is regulatory oversight in many of the regions where it’s used. Corruption and neglect almost guarantee trouble.”

The Tu-154 has a fatal accident every 431,200 flights, according to London-based aviation consultant Ascend. The Boeing 737, the world’s best-selling passenger plane, crashes every 2.68 million flights.

The planes can hold between 114 and 180 passengers, and are designed for heavy use in demanding conditions. Design criteria included the ability to operate from gravel or packed earth airfields, to be able to fly at high altitudes above most Soviet Union air traffic, and good field performance in Arctic conditions.

The plane was designed in the mid 1960s, and was Aeroflot’s standard craft from the early 1970s until this year.

In January 2010 the Russian national carrier announced the retirement of its Tupolev Tu-154 fleet after 40 years of service, but the plane remains the standard airliner for routes across the former Soviet Union and in Eastern Europe and Iran.

In July last year, a Tu-154 crashed in Iran, killing 168 people. It was the eight fatal incident involving a Tu-154 in ten years.

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1. maria kay - April 22, 2010

How sad. May the Lord rest his soul in peace and guide the country in peace.


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