In today's column from luxury magazine, Monocle, a report on the plane crash that killed former Polish president Lech Kaczyński, and caused defence minister Bogdan Klich to resign.

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Nearly 16 months after the plane crash in western Russia that killed Polish president Lech Kaczyński, his wife, eight crew members and 86 political and military officials, a recently published report into the 10 April accident has stirred the country’s already tense political scene.

A report was published last Friday by a government-run commission led by Poland’s interior and administration minister, Jerzy Miller. Following the publication, defence minister Bogdan Klich resigned, despite Prime Minister Donald Tusk insisting Klich was not responsible for the crash. The report stated the cause of the accident was the aircraft’s descent below the minimum height at excessive speed in gloomy weather. “This made [the plane] collide with a [tree] which ripped off its left wing,” the report stated.

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