Recording: Controller bantered as disaster loomed

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 10:38 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A control tower recording captured an air traffic controller bantering about a dead cat with a giggling female friend as a small plane flew toward a collision with a helicopter.

Nine people were killed in the Aug. 8 accident over the Hudson River in New York.

The Federal Aviation Administration released the recording Thursday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from The Associated Press.

On the recording the controller at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey appears engrossed in his conversation with the woman as she describes how repulsed she was by the carcass of a cat.

There's no indication he was aware of the danger until alerted by other controllers moments before the crash.

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On the Net:

FAA's audio: http://tinyurl.com/crash-audio-mp3

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