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Yaroslavl transcript

September 21, 2011

“Andrej!” was the last sound recorded on the vaunted black boxes, this time, of plane carrying the members of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl from their hometown to Minsk. It was the co-pilot that shouted this, the name, to his pilot.

Yesterday the Czech tabloid Blesk (as if it requires introduction at this point) looked at “leaked” (though post of it public domain by now) information from these black boxes and the investigation. They were claiming last week that the pilot had been clutching the equivalent of a handbrake. True or not, these were the last words,  counting off altitude figures, as recounted in the article. Normalcy, to confusion and one extremely interesting, if not maybe censored or too difficult to make out, final word from the pilot.

Captain: 74, 76.
Flight engineer: 74,76.
Captain: Time, headlights, takeoff. Top speed 190.
Captain: Three, four, five, maximum continuous power.
Flight engineer: Maximum continuous power
Flight engineer: The speed is rising. Takeoff data – normal. 130, 150, 170, 190, 210.
Captain: Takeoff [power].
Flight engineer: 220, 230.
Co-pilot: Might be stabilizer.
Captain: Take off, take off stabilizer.
Co-pilot: What are you doing?
Captain: Take off.
Flight engineer: Take off
Captain: **censored/slurred**
Co-pilot: Andrey!

That’s it. I can hope and imagine Russia’s versions of the NTSB and FAA are investigating to the fullest still. While the KHL season marches onward without Lokomotiv, hopefully a tragedy of this sort is averted in the future.

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