Crash of Flight 5191

The voice recorder: 5191’s final moments

Following are excerpts from the final minutes of Comair Flight 5191’s cockpit voice recorder. The voices are those of First Officer James Polehinke, Capt. Jeffrey Clay and the air traffic controller in the tower. For a more complete transcript of the voice recorder, go to Kentucky.com.

6:04:38.2 a.m.

Polehinke (over the aircraft PA system): and folks one (unintelligible word) time from the flight deck, we’d like to welcome you aboard. we’re going to be underway momentarily ... sit back relax and enjoy the flight...

6:05:15.1

Polehinke (radio to tower): “churliser” (which the NTSB interprets as “at your leisure” spoken very fast; an FAA transcript interprets this as the word “Toledo”) Comair one twenty one ready to go.

6:05:17.7

Tower: Comair one ninety one, Lexington uh, tower, fly runway heading, cleared for takeoff.

6:05:21.0

Clay (radio to tower): runway heading, cleared for takeoff, one ninety one.

6:05:23.7

Clay: .. and line-up check.

6:05:34.4

Clay: throw that bad boy on.

6:05:41.3

Polehinke: transponder’s on, packs on, bleeds closed, cleared for takeoff, runway heading. six grand.

6:05:45.4

Clay: all right.

6:05:46.4

Polehinke: anti-ice off, lights set, takeoff config’s okay, line-up check’s complete.

6:05:57.6

Clay: all yours, Jim.

6:05:58.9

Polehinke: my brakes, my controls.

6:06:05.0

(sound similar to increase in engine RPM)

6:06:07.8

Polehinke: set thrust please.

6:06:11.7

Clay: thrust set.

6:06:16.3

Polehinke: dat is weird with no lights.

6:06:18.0

Clay: yeah.

6:06:24.2

Clay: one hundred knots.

6:06:25.1

Polehinke: checks.

6:06:31.2

Clay: V one, rotate.

6:06:31.8

Clay: whoa.

6:06:32.2

unknown ambient noise.

6:06:32.6

Clay: expletive.

6:06:33.0

sound of impact.

The transcript then records various unintelligible exclamations and sounds, ending with an unintelligible exclamation from Clay at 6:06:35.7.

The recording ends at 6:06:36.2.

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