DENVER,The voices are calm on the tape, but air traffic controllers assumed that most or all of the passengers of Continental Flight 1404 died when the plane crashed in December.
The recordings of communications between planes and the tower were released Friday.
“For the aircraft to get that far from the runway across that kind of terrain and to be on fire, we all did think everyone was dying,” said Richard Foster, president of the Denver chapter of the Air Traffic Controllers Association and a controller in the tower Dec. 20 when the crash happened. “I mean you can tell as (controller) Tom first realized that Continental was off the runway, there's a certain amount of adrenaline goes into his voice and after that it calms back down.”
Foster, who was able to speak as union president, described the night of the crash as air traffic controllers saw it.
“Tower it looks
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