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Non-crew ‘were in Kaczynski crash jet’s cockpit’

Before the Polish President Lech Kaczynski's plane crashed, at least two passengers visited the cockpit, others may have chatted on mobile phones that can obstruct navigation instruments and an under-trained crew faced heavy fog over challenging terrain.

Those were among the details revealed yesterday by Russian and Polish officials investigating the crash on 10 April that killed the president, his wife and 94 others outside the western Russian city of Smolensk.

The preliminary report drew no conclusions about what caused the catastrophe.

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