A transcript of the cockpit's voice recorder showed that everything appeared normal on the plane just before it lurched in midair and plummeted to the ground the night of Feb. 12.

This partial transcript lists the times in hours, minutes and seconds:

10:10:32 p.m. First Officer Rebecca Shaw: Oh yeah, oh it's lots of ice.

10:10:47 Captain Marvin Renslow: Oh yeah, that's the most I've seen, most ice I've seen on the leading edges in a long time. In a while, anyway, I should say.

10:10:57 Shaw: Flying in the Northeast, I've 1,600 hours. ... I had more actual time on my first day of IOE (initial operating experience) than I did in the 1,600 hours I had when I came here.

10:11:31 Renslow: But, uh, as a matter of fact I got hired with about 625 hours here.

10:11:37 Shaw: Oh wow ...

10:11:39 Shaw: That's not much for, uh, back when you got hired.

10:11:42 Renslow: No but, uh, out of that ... 250 hours was, uh, part 121 turbine, multiengine turbine.

10:11:50 Shaw: Oh that's right yeah.

10:11:54 Shaw: No, but all these guys are complaining, they're saying, you know, how we were supposed to upgrade by now and ... I'm thinking, you know what? I really wouldn't mind going through a winter in the Northeast before I have to upgrade to captain.

10:12:05 Shaw: I've never seen icing conditions. I've never deiced. ... I've never experienced any of that. I don't want to have to experience that and make those kinds of calls. You know I'd've freaked out. I'd have, like, seen this much ice and thought, oh my gosh we were going to crash.

10:13:58 Renslow: Oh yeah, I'm so glad. ... I mean, I would've been ... fine. I would have survived it. ... We never had to make decisions that I wouldn't have been able to make but ... now I'm more comfortable.

10:16:04 Renslow: Gear down. ...

10:16:06 Buffalo Approach controller: Colgan thirty four zero seven contact tower one two zero point five. Have a good night.

10:16:11 Shaw: Over to tower you do the same, 3407.

10:16:21 Shaw: Gear's down.

10:16:23 Renslow: Flaps fifteen before landing checklist.

10:16:26 Shaw: Uhhh.

10:16:31 (sound similar to increase in engine power)

10:16:34 Renslow: Jesus Christ.

10:16:37 Shaw: I put the flaps up.

10:16:42 Renslow: (sound of grunt) (unintelligible) -ther bear.

10:16:45 Shaw: Should the gear up?

10:16:46 Renslow: Gear up oh (expletive).

10:16:51.9 Renslow: We're down.

10:16:51.9 (sound of thump)

10:16:52.0 Shaw: We're (sound of scream)

Source: National Transportation Safety Boar


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