Plane With Polish Lawmakers Aborts Warsaw Take-Off Due to Fault

A plane carrying Radoslaw Sikorski, speaker of Poland’s lower house of parliament, aborted take-off from Warsaw midway along the runway because of a technical fault.

The pilots of the Embraer 175 aircraft stopped the plane after “very rapid braking,” leaving everybody aboard unhurt, TV channel TVN 24 reported Wednesday. Sikorski, along with his deputies, were headed for Prague to meet Czech officials.

“Thanks to the captain and crew of the government plane for their professionalism and to my deputies and the delegation for staying calm,” Sikorski said on his Twitter account.

Poland has a long record of state air disasters. A Tupolev-154 carrying President Lech Kaczynski and 95 top officials crashed in 2010 in Smolensk, Russia, killing everyone on board. Twenty people, mainly air-force commanders, died in a 2008 plane crash. An Mi-8 helicopter carrying then-Prime Minister Leszek Miller and 14 other people crashed in Poland in 2003, injured the premier.

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