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Pilot’s Error

The voice that could be heard on the recording carried a message of terror. “Daddy, can I turn this?”

The cockpit tapes record a chilling scene: The pilot’s children getting a flying lesson just before an Aeroflot jet crashed in Siberia, killing all 75 people aboard. The transcript of the desperate final minutes before the March 1994 crash reveal the captain shouting, “Get out! Get out!” More than a dozen times the pilot yelled at his son, who was in the captain’s seat when the plane began to plunge. The deciding act occurred when the boy’s foot “accidentally pushed the right pedal, sending the aircraft into an irreversible spin.”

Today in the Word, March 7, 1995