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Top Architect Killed in Plane Crash
June 30, 2011   
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Stefan Kury這wicz, one of Poland’s most famous architects, was killed when the light aircraft he was piloting crashed in Spain June 7.

Prof. Kury這wicz, 62, was well known for a number of prestigious buildings in Warsaw and other Polish cities. His designs include the LOT Polish Airlines headquarters in Warsaw, the Prosta Tower, Focus and Nautilus office buildings, the Marina Mokot闚 and Eko-Park sustainable housing estates, the Dworzec Gda雟ki metro station, the Copernicus Science Center, the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews, the Courtyard by Marriott hotel at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport and the Hilton hotel in Gda雟k.

Kury這wicz was often quoted in The Warsaw Voice and was involved in conferences on the real estate market organized by the magazine. Over the past several years, the Real Estate Voice section has published a number of articles about projects designed by the Kury這wicz & Associates studio which won prizes in Poland and abroad.

The air accident is being investigated by a special government commission in Spain. Under the Chicago Convention, Polish experts will join in the investigation. What has been established so far is that a group of friends were touring Europe in three light airplanes, heading for Vila da Luz in Portugal. They made a few stops on the way and June 4 they arrived in San Sebastian in the Basque Country, flying from France.

When the three airplanes were between Santander and Asturias, the German pilot of one of them requested information on weather conditions in Asturias, which at the time was wrapped in thick fog and rain which reduced visibility to less than one kilometer. Advised about the poor conditions, one pilot decided to head back to Santander, while the pilots of the other two planes decided to continue with the flight.

Juan Carlos Sanmartin, the director of Asturias airport, said the two Polish pilots contacted air traffic control right before the crash. The details of the conversations have not been revealed. Soon afterwards, the first airplane, a Cessna, crashed for unknown reasons into an empty building on an apron in Castrillion, killing both people onboard. They were developer Janusz Zieniewicz and his passenger, Jacek Olesi雟ki, a businessman. Kury這wicz was piloting the other plane, a Cirrus, which crashed a few moments later into an eucalyptus forest that covers a precipice in the nearby Bayas mountains. The accident activated the positioning system on the Cirrus, making it possible to find the plane. Kury這wicz died along with Jacek Syropolski, a 39-year-old architect who was Kury這wicz’s assistant and student. The winner of prestigious prizes in architectural competitions, Syropolski was also the vice-president of the Warsaw branch of the Union of Polish Architects.

According to initial reports, the two airplanes collided in mid-air, but whether that happened or the two accidents occurred separately has not been determined yet.
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