Excerpts from the Pinnacle airliner that crashed Oct. 14, 2004

Published June 14, 2005 12:01 am
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Excerpts from conversations between Pinnacle Airlines Capt. Jesse Rhodes and First Officer Peter Cesarz just before they died in the crash of a Bombardier regional jet on Oct. 14, 2004. Investigators say the crash occurred after the pilots took the plane to 41,000 feet, an altitude where engine problems can develop.

9:48:44 p.m. Cesarz: ''Man we can do it. Forty-one it.''

9:48:46 Rhodes: ''[Unintelligible] baby.''

9:48:57 Cesarz: ''Hundred and eighty knots, still cruising at Mach point six four.''

9:51:51 Cesarz: ''There's four-one-oh, my man.''

9:51:53 Cesarz: ''Made it, man.''

9:54:19 Rhodes: ''Yeah, that's funny, we got up here, it won't stay up here.''

9:54:22 Cesarz: ''Dude, it's [expletive] losing it.'' [Sound of laughing]

10:14:36 Cesarz: ''We're not gonna make it, man, we're not gonna make it.''

10:14:38 Rhodes: ''Is there a road? Tell her we're not gonna make this runway.''

10:14:46 Rhodes: ''Let's keep the gear up. [Expletive] I don't want to go into houses here.''

10:14:51 Cesarz: [Expletive] ''road right there.''

10:14:52 Rhodes: ''Where?''

10:14:52 Cesarz: ''Turn, turn . . . ''

10:14:53 Rhodes: ''Turn where?''

10:14:53 Cesarz: ''Turn to your left, turn to your left.''

10:14:56 Rhodes: Either: ''I see it'' or ''I can't.''

10:14:58 Warning signal in cockpit: ''Too low, terrain, terrain.''

10:14:59 Rhodes: ''Can't make it.''

10:15:03 Rhodes: ''Aw [expletive]. We're gonna hit houses, dude.''

- Source: National Transportation Safety Board

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