Moscow, Jan 12 (Agencies): Russian officials investigating the plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski placed the blame squarely on the Poles on Wednesday, saying the crew was pressured to land in bad weather by an air force commander who had been drinking.

Kaczynski and 95 others, including his wife, died in April 2010 when their plane crashed while trying to land in Smolensk, Russia. There were no survivors.

Officials of the Interstate Aviation Committee, which investigates crashes in much of the former Soviet Union, said on Wednesday that the pilots were pressured to land by Poland's air force commander, Gen Andrzej Blasik, who was in the cockpit. They said he had a blood-alcohol level of about 0.06 percent, enough to impair reasoning.

Blasik's presence in the cockpit "had a psychological influence on the commander's decision to rake an unjustified risk by continuing the descent with the predominant goal of landing against the odds," committee chairwoman Tatiana Anodina told a news conference announcing the final results of the investigation. The report found no fault with Russian air
traffic controllers.

That is likely to anger Polish officials, who have complained that previous drafts of Russia's report should have questioned whether controllers should have allowed the plane to land in poor visibility. In December, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk accused the Russian investigators of negligence and mistakes.

Kaczynski and his delegation were on their way to attend a ceremony commemorating the victims of the 1940 Katyn massacre, in which 20,000 Polish officers and other prisoners of war were killed by the Soviet secret police.

Efforts to cover up responsibility for the massacre have long been a significant irritant in relations between Poland and Russia.