Three young Irish doctors were among the 228 victims who perished when the Air France A330 Airbus crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009.
The Irish doctors who were killed on the flight were Jane Deasy (27), from Rathgar, County Dublin; Dr Eithne Walls (28), from Ballygowan, County Down; and Dr Aisling Butler (26), from Roscrea, County Tipperary. Only Dr. Deasy's body has been recovered..
Recently released transcripts of the cockpit recordings now revealed the panic that descended in the cockpit prior to the crash.
"What do you think? What do you think? What should we do?"
The Air France co-pilot (37) asked his junior colleague, as an alarm went off in the cock pit for the sixth time in two minutes, Reuters reports.
"I don't have control of the plane. I don't have control of the plane at all," the younger pilot (32) said.
The senior captain was not present and had left ten minutes earlier for a break. In his absence the plane had begun to fall at a speed of more than 125mph.
"So is he coming?" the senior co-pilot questioned.
When the captain entered he asked “Hey what are you --,"
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"What's happening? I don't know, I don't know what's happening," replied the senior co-pilot.
The black box was recovered two months ago and investigators believe the plane had stopped flying as it entered a hazardous stall.
"I don't know but right now we're descending," the senior captain said.
"What's the altitude?"
"What do you mean what altitude?"
"Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm descending right?"
"Get your wings horizontal" ordered the senior captain.
"Level your wings" said the first co-pilot.
"That's what I'm trying to do," responded the second.
The flight was in its final minute at 10,000 feet after plummeting from 38,000.
"What the... how is it we are going down like this?" Asked the second co-pilot.
"See what you can do with the commands up there, the primaries and so on," said the senior co-pilot adding: "Climb climb climb climb."
"But I have been pulling back on the stick all the way for a while," said the second co-pilot.
"No, no, no, don't climb." said the captain.
"Okay, give me control, give me control,"sSaid the senior co-pilot.
"Watch out, you are pulling up,“ warned the captain.
"Well you should, we are at 4,000," said the junior co-pilot.
The computer spoke. "Sink rate. Pull up, pull up, pull up."
“Go on,” the captain urged, "pull."
"We're pulling, pulling, pulling, pulling," said the junior co-pilot.
The transcript showed that the three men attempted to try and right the plane throughout the final four minutes. They did not discuss at any point the possibility they and the passengers were about to die.