An small airplane made these calls to Potomac Air Traffic Control before crashing into a Herndon, Va. apartment. (Courtesy LiveATC.com)
Full transcript of the calls to Potomac air traffic control from a pilot, calling himself DC Photo, before his Cessna 177B crashed into a Herndon, Va. apartment early Friday. (From: LiveATC.net)
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Pilot: Potomac, DC Photo. Mayday, mayday, engine out. Heading towards Dulles.
Pilot: We’re heading towards Dulles Airport. We had an engine ... (cuts out)
Tower: DC Photo Potomac, Roger.
Pilot: Potomac, engine barely ... and we are heading towards Dulles. Emergency requested.
Tower: DC Photo that traffic is breaking out. The airport’s about your 10 o’clock in 2 miles. Altitude at your discretion.
Pilot: Okay, we now have the tower. DC Photo.
Tower: DC Photo just continue inbound you can turn your discretion and they are (inaudible).
Tower: The equipment is coming. At your discretion you can turn (inaudible) there is no traffic there for you.
Tower: DC Photo, when you get a moment, number of people on board.
Pilot: (inaudible) on board. DC Photo.
Tower: Fuel remaining?
Pilot: Say again.
Tower: Fuel remaining sir?
Pilot: Fuel, I think that’s our problem.
Tower: Understood, Roger.
Pilot: Okay, I think we’re um, we’re not going to make the airport. We’re heading for a road just before the Dulles Toll Road.
Tower: DC Photo (inaudible) calling that in.
Pilot: We’re not talking anymore.