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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
visible...Maybe there’ll be
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
PILOT: We will have enough.
10:26:05 SECOND PILOT: Well, they (*) succeeded.
They also say there is
PILOT: Director (**), there is
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...
KAZANA: Well then we have a
PILOT: We can stay up for 30
minutes and then go to the
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?
10:30:32 MARIUSZ KAZANA: So far there is no
decision from the
president on what to do
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
10:38:00 UNIDENTIFIED: (S)he will be annoyed
10:40:06 WARNING SYSTEM: TERRAIN AHEAD, TERRAIN
10:40:32 WARNING SYSTEM: TERRAIN AHEAD, TERRAIN
10:40:39 WARNING SYSTEM: TERRAIN AHEAD, TERRAIN
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
10:40:49 SECOND PILOT: As normal
WARNING SYSTEM: PULL UP, PULL UP
10:40:50 SECOND PILOT: We are re-ascending
10:41:51 WARNING SYSTEM: PULL UP, PULL UP
10:40:52 (air control urges pilots to halt descent)
10:40:53 WARNING SYSTEM: PULL UP, PULL UP
10:40:54 (air control urges pilots to halt descent)
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)
* 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)