Transcripts From Fatal Buffalo Crash Reveal Lots of Ice & Conversation About Easterwood

By: AP,KBTXStaff Email
By: AP,KBTXStaff Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shortly before a plane crashed into a house
outside Buffalo, N.Y., the pilot and first officer remarked about
how much ice was on the wings. First Officer Rebecca Shaw noted "lots of ice." Captain Marvin Renslow replied it was more than he'd seen in quite a while.

Their conversation came less than seven minutes before the
twin-engine turboprop stalled and crashed, killing all 49 people
aboard and one man on the ground.

The cockpit voice recording also reveals the two chatted about
their flying experience as Flight 3407 approached the Buffalo
airport. A transcript was released today by the National Transportation
Safety Board, at the start of a three-day hearing on the February
accident. In the final moments, the recording captures the sounds of a
stall warning, a horn signaling the autopilot disconnecting, and
talk of flaps and landing gear. It ends with the pilot saying "we're down," and the sound of the first officer screaming.

Below is the conversation the pilots have about what appears to be their reference to Easterwood AIrport:

"22:00:16.2

HOT-1

College Station Texas was a a contract control tower.

22:00:23.0

HOT-2

yeah.

22:00:23.2

HOT-1

had a guy that worked in there. had an odd accent to begin with. and uh

College Station Airport is uh owned and operated by the university-- uh

the Texas A and M university.

22:00:37.8

ZOB

22:00:59.5

HOT-1

sorry about that. oh anyway he would say Eeeeeeeeastwood information

echo.

22:01:08.9

HOT-2

[sound of laughter]

nd he'd give us he'd give us same type of uh clearance to Houston.

Colgan ninety five twenty six you're cleared to the George Herbert Walker

er yeah George Herbert Walker Bush Intergalactical Airport.

22:01:27.6

HOT-2

[sound of laughter]

22:01:28.1

HOT-1

instead of Intercontinental. Intergalactical Airport via the College Station

zero seven six. baaaseball Rice won. climb maintain seven thousand.

departure frequency is Houston Center one two three point seven.

squawk whatever you know.

22:01:36.8

HOT-2

[sound of laughter]

22:01:47.6

HOT-2

yeah.

22:01:48.0

HOT-1

and I would try to read it back exactly the same way. went in there I don't

know you know about three or four months before I left and he was just all

calm and quiet. you know I could tell it was him said hey man what

happened to that Eeeeeeastwood Airport information echo. he said yeah they clipped my wings.

22:02:09.7

HOT-2

oh no. they didn't like him doing that?

22:02:12.3

HOT-1

I said well uh if if you need uh if you need any help on that one you just let me know who to call and I'll uh be glad to put in a good word for ya. and he he chuckled. he said uh he said awww let it blow over for a little while and I'll be back I'll be back to my regular self later.

22:02:32.1

HOT-2

[sound of laughter]

22:02:32.9

HOT-1

I just like the flying down there a whole lot better.

22:02:39.1

HOT-2

yeah.

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