Examinations proved the presence of trinitrotoluene

Examinations proved the presence of trinitrotoluene (photo Serge Serebro, Vitebsk Popular News; creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.pl)
Stanislaw Zagrodzki, a cousin of a Smolensk air crash victim, reveals that on his own he has asked American experts to examine, among others, a seat belt from the TU-154 plane. The examinations proved the presence of trinitrotoluene. As the "Gazeta Polska Codziennie" has established, samples examined by the Polish prosecutor's office in order to detect the presence of explosives are still in Russia.

"Unit reactive examinations have proved the presence of trinitrotoluene in the fragments of the seat belt with which my cousin was fastened," says to the "Gazeta Polska Codziennie" Stanislaw Zagrodzki, a relative of late Ewa Bakowska. He confirms that the materials have now been sent to another institute for detained examinations. To which one? Zagrodzki refuses to reveal which centre it is. He only reveals that it is in the USA. "Scientists have insisted that I should not inform the media before final analyses are finished but when I read the article in the "Rzeczpospolita" daily about traces of trinitrotoluene on plane seats I could not keep being silent. And what is important is that a seat belt a plane seat," he said.

Yesterday the military prosecutor's office first questioned the information that on the wreckage of the TU-154 there were traces of explosives and then colonel Ireneusz Szelag, the head of the District Military Prosecutor's Office admitted: "I did not say that we had not found trinitrotoluene but that experts had not proved its presence and that we are waiting for the result of an examination."

Polish experts used 2 kinds of devices to examine the wreckage of the TU-154. One of them was set to detect substances which could be explosives. The other, a very sensitive one, was set to detect the presence of explosives. Both of them reacted and showed a positive result.
Posted on Wed, 2012-10-31 13:10