AUDIO: Air Traffic Control Talks With Pilot Before Crash

9:49 AM, Mar 31, 2011   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- The public recording file with the conversation between air traffic controllers and a female in the plane that crashed Wednesday evening gives a few more details to what happened.

The Hawker Beechcraft BE58 charter flight crashed into homes near Piedmont Triad International Airport sometime between 5:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday night.

The FAA said the plane belonged to Jet Logistics operating out of Charlotte. It was headed from Wilmington to Winston-Salem when it was diverted to Greensboro due to weather.

In the conversation with air traffic controllers, a female in the plane (identified as Logistics 569) begins talking with the airport landing tower around 5:44 p.m. when the plane was cleared to land.

About a minute later in the recording, the female told the tower she was "going around". According to the FAA, that means the pilot missing the approach to the runway.

Less than a minute later, the tower is heard calling for the plane to respond. The tower continued calling for the plane for the next minute.

Around 5:49 p.m., the tower said "We're stopping everybody. We're not moving. I'm not hearing you right now. Do what you got to do, but we're not moving anybody until we find that airplane or they call us."

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the crash.

Winston-Salem doctor Thomas Littlejohn III and an unidentified female pilot were in the plane and died in the crash. No one on the ground was injured.

WFMY News 2

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