Transcript From Fatal Plane Crash Released

Washington, DC (WVLT) – We're learning more about the last seconds inside the cockpit of Comair Flight 5191, as it crashed into the ground in Lexington, Kentucky in august killing 49 of 50 people on board.

Around 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, the transcript of the cockpit voice recorder was released.

It shows the last conversation between Pilot Jeffrey Clay and the only survivor, First Officer James Polehinke.

The transcript says that seconds before the nation's deadliest airline crash in five years, First officer Polehinke noted that it was "weird" that the Lexington, Kentucky runway had no lights.

According to the transcript, Clay says, "thrust set", Polehinke responds "that is weird, with no lights", possibly a reference to the lack of lights on the runway.

Clay agrees saying "yeah".

Then some technical terms for air speed, and "vee one" which means the plane has reached velocity for takeoff.

As the plane begins to lift off, Clay can be heard saying "whoa".

Two seconds later, the sound of impact.

The NTSB has confirmed that the plane took off on the wrong runway.

5:44 a.m. – Cockpit Recording
“I guess, when I’m, I’m deciding on making a major decision. If it doesn’t feel right in my gut or if I don’t have a little voice, if it starts talking to me; and I’m like, I need to reevaluate.”

5:55 a.m. – Public Address Announcement
“Ladies and gentlemen from the flight deck, [I would] like to take this time to welcome you also onboard Comair flight 5191, direct flight to Atlanta. We will be cruising at 27,000 feet this morning. And once we do get in the air, it looks like one hour and seven minutes en route.

“Hopefully, you can catch a nap going into Atlanta. It’s our pleasure having you all on board.”

6:00 am. – Cockpit Recording
"Both kids were sick, well, they all got colds. It was an interesting dinner last night."

6:04 a.m. – Public Address Announcement
"And, folks, one time from the flight deck, we would like to welcome you on board. We will be underway momentarily. Sit back, relax and enjoy the flight. Kelly, when you have a chance, please prepare the cabin."

Clay: "Thrust Set"
Polehinke: "That's weird, with no lights."
Clay: "Yeah"

Pilot 1: "100 Knots."
Pilot 2: "Check."

Pilot 1: "Vee one."
Pilot 2: "Rotate."

Clay: "Whoa!"

6:06:33 a.m. – Sound of impact.

Also released today, audio communications of the pilots with the control tower. We'll have those on VolunteerTV.com as they become available.

We have a crew in Washington, DC following the latest developments on this story. Stay with VolunteerTV.com and WVLT for the latest information as it becomes available.


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