Flight 3407 Transcript : Last words aboard

May 13th, 2009 - 12:08 am ICT by admin  

Colgan Air Flight 3407, marketed as Continental Connection under a codeshare agreement with Continental Airlines, was a daily U.S. regional airline commuter flight between Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and Buffalo Niagara International Airport in New York.

Transcript from the cockpit voice recorder in the last seven minutes before Flight 3407 crashed Feb. 13 near Buffalo, N.Y.:

22:10:32 — First Officer Rebecca Shaw: Oh yeah, oh it’s lots of ice.
22:10:47 — Captain Marvin Renslow: “Oh yeah, that’s the most I’ve seen, most ice I’ve seen on the leading edges in a long time. In a while, anyway, I should say.
22:10:57 — Shaw: Flying in the Northeast, I’ve 1,600 hours. … I had more actual time on my first day of IOE (initial operating experience) than I did in the 1,600 hours I had when I came here.
22:11:31 — Renslow: But, uh, as a matter of fact I got hired with about 625 hours here.
22:11:37 — Shaw: Oh wow.
22:11:39 — Shaw: That’s not much for, uh, back when you got hired.
22:11:42 — Renslow: No but, uh, out of that … 250 hours was, uh, part 121 turbine, multi-engine turbine.
22:11:50 — Shaw: Oh that’s right yeah.
22:11:54 — Shaw: No, but all these guys are complaining, they’re saying, you know, how we were supposed to upgrade by now and … I’m thinking, you know what? I really wouldn’t mind going through a winter in the Northeast before I have to upgrade to captain.
22:12:05 — Shaw: I’ve never seen icing conditions. I’ve never deiced. … I’ve never experienced any of that. I don’t want to have to experience that and make those kinds of calls. You know I’d've freaked out. I’d have, like, seen this much ice and thought, oh my gosh we were going to crash.
22:13:58 — Renslow: Oh yeah, I’m so glad. … I mean, I would’ve been … fine. I would have survived it. .. We never had to make decisions that I wouldn’t have been able to make but … now I’m more comfortable.
22:15:59 — Cockpit area microphone (CAM): (sound similar to decrease in engine power)
22:16:04 — Renslow: Gear down… loc’s alive.
22:16:06 — CAM: (sound similar to landing gear handle movement)
22:16:06 — Buffalo Approach controller (APP): Colgan thirty four zero seven contact tower one two zero point five. have a good night.
22:16:07 — CAM: (sound similar to landing gear deployment)
22:16:11 — Shaw: Over to tower you do the same, 3407.
22:16:14 — Flight Crew Audio Panel (HOT): (sound of two double chimes)
22:16:21 — Shaw: Gear’s down.
22:16:23 — Renslow: Flaps fifteen before landing checklist.
22:16:26 — CAM: (sound similar to flap handle movement)
22:16:26 — Shaw: Uhhh.
22:16:27 — CAM: (sound similar to stick shaker lasting 6.7 seconds)
22:16:27 — HOT: (sound similar to autopilot disconnect horn repeats until end of recording)
22:16:27 — CAM: (sound of click)
22:16:31 — CAM: (sound similar to increase in engine power)
22:16:34 — Renslow: Jesus Christ.
22:16:35 — CAM: (sound similar to stick shaker lasting until end of recording)
22:16:37 — Shaw: I put the flaps up.
22:16:40 — CAM: (sound of two clicks)
22:16:42 — Renslow: (sound of grunt) (unintelligible) -ther bear.
22:16:45 — Shaw: Should the gear up?
22:16:46 — Renslow: Gear up oh (expletive).
22:16:50 — CAM: (increase in ambient noise)
22:16:51.9 — Renslow: We’re down.
22:16:51.9 — CAM: (sound of thump)
22:16:52.0 — Shaw: We’re (sound of scream)

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