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THE FINAL MOMENTS OF FLIGHT 592 // "Fire, fire, fire fire'

Excerpts from transcript released Monday of ValuJet Flight 592 cockpit recordings. ("Critter" refers to ValuJet's smiling-airplane logo):

2:04:09: Takeoff.

2:10:02: (Sound of click.)

2:10:03: (Chirp heard on cockpit area microphone channel with simultaneous beep on public address channel.)

2:10:07: Pilot: What was that?

2:10:08: Co-pilot: I don't know.

2:10:15: Pilot: We got some electrical problems.

2:10:20: Pilot: We're losing everything.

2:10:21: Tower: Critter 592, contact Miami center on one-thirty-two-forty-five, so long.

2:10:22: Cockpit: We need, we need to go back to Miami.

2:10:23: (Shouting from passenger cabin.)

2:10:25: Female voices in cabin: Fire, fire, fire, fire.

2:10:27: Male voice: We're on fire. We're on fire.

2:10:28: (Sounds of tone similar to landing gear warning horn.)

2:10:32: Co-pilot: Uh, 592 needs immediate return to Miami.

2:10:35: Tower: Critter 592, uh, roger, turn left heading two-seven-zero. Descend and maintain 7,000.

2:10:36: (Sounds of shouting from passenger cabin subside.)

2:10:41: Tower: What kind of problem are you havin'?

2:10:44: Pilot: Fire.

2:10:46: Co-pilot: Uh, smoke in the cockp . . . smoke in the cabin.

2:10:58: Flight attendant: Okay. We need oxygen. We can't get oxygen back there.

2:11:10: (Shouting from cabin.)

2:11:12: Flight attendant: Completely on fire.

2:11:14: (Sounds of shouting from passenger cabin subside.)

2:11:21: (Sound similar to loud rushing air).

2:11:38: Co-pilot: Critter 592, we need the, uh, closest airport available . . .

2:11:42: Tower: Critter 592, they're going to be standing by for you. You can plan . . .

2:11:45: (72-second interruption.)

2:12:57: (Sounds of tone similar to power interruption to recorder, loud rushing air, repeating tones similar to recorder self-test signal starts.)

2:13:25: End of recording.

2:14:00: Flight 592 crashes.

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