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Transcript Reveals Final Moments Before Fatal Carlstadt Jet Crash

From the scene of the May crash in Carlstadt.
From the scene of the May crash in Carlstadt. Photo Credit: DAILY VOICE photo

TETERBORO, N.J. -- Newly-released files from a federal investigation indicate that the two pilots of the small jet that crashed last May in Carlstadt were scrambling to keep the plane airborne, the Daily Mail reports.

The pilot and co-pilot were killed when their Teterboro-bound Learjet crashed into an industrial area just short of the runway, Daily Voice reported.

The federal files reveal that a traffic controller noticed the plane was 1.5 miles from Teterboro, closer than the four miles that planes usually begin a turn from, the article says.

Below is the dialogue on the transcript, according to reports by the Daily Mail citing the Associated Press:

  • "You gonna start that turn?" the controller asks the pilots at about 3:29 p.m., according to the transcript.
  • "Yeah, sir, we're doing it right now," one of the pilots responds.
  • The transcript details a tense exchange between the pilot and co-pilot about 20 seconds later.
  • "I'm gonna give you your controls, OK?" one says.
  • "Alright, my controls," the other responds.
  • "Your flight controls."
  • "(Expletive) eh," the second pilot says in what the transcript describes as an angry tone.


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