Calls to Air Traffic Control Moments Before Plane Crash

Pilot signals "mayday" and warns, "we’re not going to make the airport"

Friday, May 31, 2013  |  Updated 5:06 PM EDT
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An small airplane made these calls to Potomac Air Traffic Control before crashing into a Herndon, Va. apartment. (Courtesy <a href=LiveATC.com)" />

Adam Jacobs

An small airplane made these calls to Potomac Air Traffic Control before crashing into a Herndon, Va. apartment. (Courtesy LiveATC.com)

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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.

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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).

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Tower: The equipment is coming. At your discretion you can turn (inaudible) there is no traffic there for you.

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Tower: DC Photo, when you get a moment, number of people on board.

Pilot: (inaudible) on board. DC Photo.

Tower: Fuel remaining?

Pilot: Affirmative.

Tower: (inaudible)

Pilot: Say again.

Tower: Fuel remaining sir?

Pilot: Fuel, I think that’s our problem.

Tower: Understood, Roger.

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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.

Tower: Understand.

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