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Fire in the cockpit

Here’s the text to the listening from yesterday.


A Boeing 747 freighter took off at 11:00am.  15 minutes later the crew declared an emergency and requested a return to their airport of origin because of smoke and a fire in the cockpit. They were unable to maintain altitude. The ATC issued a clearance when the airplane was about 25km from touchdown. The airplane however was too high and passed above the airfield and entered a right-hand turn. The crew was advised that all runways were available for landing. The airplane flew southwest and it lost altitude rapidly.  It crashed into an unpopulated area moments later. The cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder were recovered 6 hours after impact and were in good condition.

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