June 1, 2010 / 5:08 PM / 9 years ago

TEXT-Transcript of Polish plane crash recordings

(Note: strong language in lines 117 and 120)

WARSAW, June 1 (Reuters) - Poland released on Tuesday the transcripts of the black box recordings from the plane that crashed in western Russia on April 10, killing President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other people, mostly senior officials.

The cockpit transcripts shows pilots received numerous warnings from on-board systems to regain altitude during the final minute before the crash. [ID:nLDE6501RV]

Below are key parts of the 40-page transcript, as translated by Reuters from Polish:

10:11:01 SECOND PILOT: No, one can see the

ground...Something is

visible...Maybe there’ll be

no tragedy.

10:17:40: PILOT: It’s not good, the fog has

descended. One doesn’t know

if we will land there.

FLIGHT ATTENDANT: Really?

UNIDENTIFIED: And if we don’t, then what?

PILOT: We will re-ascend.

10:23:59 AIR CONTROL: What other airport options

do you have?

PILOT: Vitebsk, Minsk (in Belarus)

10:25:01 PILOT: Thank you, if it’s fine,

we will try landing, but

if weather conditions are

bad we will re-ascend to

make a second circle.

10:25:12 AIR CONTROL: If you try to land, will

you have enough fuel to

(get to) the backup

(airport)?

PILOT: We will have enough.

10:26:05 SECOND PILOT: Well, they (*) succeeded.

They also say there is

fog...

PILOT: Director (**), there is

fog...

Right now, in these

(weather) conditions, we

will not be able to land.

We will try to land, will

make one attempt, but

probably nothing will come

out of it. If it occurs

(unintelligible) what do

we do? We don’t have

enough fuel to...

(unintelligible).

KAZANA: Well then we have a

problem.

PILOT: We can stay up for 30

minutes and then go to the

backup (airport).

10:29:40 1st POLISH PLANE: The Il (***) was trying

to land twice and I think

they flew somewhere else.

SECOND PILOT: Ok, I get it, thanks.

Did you hear?

PILOT: Nice.

10:30:32 MARIUSZ KAZANA: So far there is no

decision from the

president on what to do

next.

10:32:55 PILOT: We are attempting to land.

If we fail to land, we are

re-ascending on autopilot.

10:35:22 AIR CONTROL: From 100 metres be ready

to re-ascend for a second

loop.

PILOT: Roger.



10:38:00 UNIDENTIFIED: (S)he will be annoyed

if... (Unintelligible)

10:40:06 WARNING SYSTEM: TERRAIN AHEAD, TERRAIN

AHEAD

10:40:32 WARNING SYSTEM: TERRAIN AHEAD, TERRAIN

AHEAD



10:40:39 WARNING SYSTEM: TERRAIN AHEAD, TERRAIN

AHEAD

(100 metres)

10:40:42 WARNING SYSTEM: PULL UP, PULL UP

10:40:44 WARNING SYSTEM: PULL UP, PULL UP

10:40:46 WARNING SYSTEM: TERRAIN AHEAD, TERRAIN

AHEAD

(100 metres)

10:40:49 SECOND PILOT: As normal

(90 metres)

WARNING SYSTEM: PULL UP, PULL UP

(80 metres)

10:40:50 SECOND PILOT: We are re-ascending

10:41:51 WARNING SYSTEM: PULL UP, PULL UP

(60 metres)

(50 metres)

10:40:52 (air control urges pilots to halt descent)

(40 metres)

10:40:53 WARNING SYSTEM: PULL UP, PULL UP

(30 metres)

10:40:54 (air control urges pilots to halt descent)

(20 metres)

10:40:56 WARNING SYSTEM: PULL UP, PULL UP

10:40:58 WARNING SYSTEM: PULL UP, PULL UP

10:40:59 (sound of hitting a tree)

10:41:00 SECOND PILOT: Fuck!

WARNING SYSTEM: PULL UP, PULL UP

10:41:02 AIR CONTROL: Re-ascend for second circle

UNIDENTIFIED: (shout) Fuuuuuuck.

10:41:05 (transcript ends)

NOTES:

* Refers to a plane carrying Polish journalists which had landed safely in Smolensk earlier that morning ahead of Kaczynski’s plane.

** Refers to Mariusz Kazana, head of Poland’s diplomatic protocol.

*** Refers to a Russian plane which tried to land in Smolensk after the first Polish plane but failed due to thick fog. It flew to a different airport. (Compiled by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Maria Golovnina)




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