Poland shakes up military after crash embarrassment

August 4, 2011 19:42


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WARSAW - Poland announced on Thursday the sacking of more than a dozen top air force and defence ministry officials as part of a wide-ranging shakeup of the military after a scathing report into last year's plane crash that killed the country's president.

Last Friday's report said the crew of the state VIP plane carrying President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others were poorly trained and ignored safety regulations. The plane crashed in thick fog in Russia on April 10, 2010, killing all on board.

Defence Minister Bogdan Klich resigned after the report.

"Our government is strongly determined to quickly and, I expect, somewhat painfully implement all the recommendations set out in the report," Prime Minister Donald Tusk told a joint news conference with Klich's successor, Tomasz Siemoniak.

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