There are disturbing new details tonight on the deadly plane crash near Buffalo, New York in February. According to the cockpit voice recorder transcript released today, Pilot Marvin Renslow screamed "Jesus Christ" and moments later First Officer Rebecca Shaw screamed as Flight 3407 plunged to the ground killing one person in a house and 49 others on the plane.
The transcripts also shows the two pilots discussed their lack of experience flying planes under icing conditions.
The information comes as federal investigators gather in Washington this week to figure out what went wrong during the deadly flight.
About two dozen relatives and friends of passengers killed watched a simulcast of today's hearing. They got to watch a startling animation of the flight's final moments.
"The beginning animation was stomach-turning," said Ruthann Stilwell, whose sister Mary Abraham was killed on the flight. "I know they said it was two minutes but it seemed long."
Tonight, 360's Randi Kaye has a timeline of what happened inside the cockpit. Did the pilot make a fatal mistake?
Colgan Air, which operated the flight, acknowledged Captain Renslow never had trained in a flight simulator with the emergency system activated. But it turns out, the FAA does not require such hands-on training. But would a pilot will more experience have met the same fate? Captain Renslow had just 110 flying hours in the type of plane that crashed. Colgan Air says he was fully qualified to fly the plane but had failed five training tests in his career.
"I just can't understand why they wouldn't have put the best in those cockpits. If their loved ones were flying in those planes, wouldn't they want the best captain they could get?," asked Karen Kuwik, whose son's girlfriend died in the accident.
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