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The last words of Flight 815

THE final words from the cockpit of Vietnam Airlines flight HVN 815 on September

3, 1997 reveal the debate in the cockpit about the captain's actions and his refusal

to listen to his colleagues till it was too late.

The following is an exact transcript of the conversation between the captain (CAP),

first officer (FO), the flight engineer (FE) and Phnom Penh control tower (PP) during

the last 52 seconds of the flight.

-00sec (FE): Altitude 100, speed 310, is runway in sight?

(FO): Negative.

-07sec (FE) Altitude 80 meters.

(CAP): OK, OK.

(FE): 310.

(CAP): Well.

-14sec (FE): Altitude 60, be careful.

(CAP): OK, OK. Look at runway please.

(FO): Don't see, don't see. Captain, turn back.

(CAP): OK, wait a little.

- 21sec (FE): 310, 310.

- 23sec (FE): 30 meters.

(FO): Turn back.

(FE): Turn back.

- 27sec - BOOM (sound of plane hitting tree).

- 28sec (CAP): Turn back.

(FE): Control levers are pushed already.

(CAP): Don't be hurry.

(CAP): Why altitude does not increase?

(FO): What?

(CAP): It has taken to other side.

- 41sec (PP): VN join right base runway 05, call tower 118.0

(CAP): Dead, dead, one engine stopped.

(FE): Please take emergency landing. We must take emergency landing.

- 51sec (CAP ): Dead, dead, dead, dying, dying, dying, dying, dy....ing.

- 52sec End of recording.

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