Here's "exerpts" from the cockpit voice recording of the crash of flight 261. Pilot Ted Thompson, co-pilot William Tansky. It seems to show that even though the crew knew they were about to die they remained professional and never gave up til the end..,.,
-4:11 p.m. and 31 seconds, Tansky: You have the airplane, let me just try it.
-4:11:33, Thompson: I don't know, my adrenaline's goin'. It was really tough there for a while.
-4:11:43, Tansky: Whatever we did is no good. Don't do that again.
-4:11:44, Thompson: Yeah. No, it went down. It went to full nose down.
-4:11:48, Tansky: Uh, it's a lot worse than it was?
-4:11:50, Thompson: Yeah, yeah. We're in much worse shape now.
-4:11:59, Thompson: ... I'm thinking, we can - can it go any worse. But it probably can. ...
-4:14:12: On the plane's public address system: Folks, we have had a flight control problem up front here. We're workin' it. ... I don't anticipate any big problems. ...
-4:17:09 Flight attendant visiting cockpit: OK, we had like a big bang back there.
-4:19:36, Sound of extremely loud noise in the cockpit, increase in background noise, sound of loose articles moving around in cockpit.
-4:19:43, Tansky: Mayday.
-4:19:49, Thompson: Push and roll, push and roll.
-4:19:54, Thompson: OK, we are inverted. And now we gotta get it.
-4:20:03, Thompson: Kick.
-4:20:04, Thompson: Push, push, push. Push the blue side up.
-4:20:16, Thompson: OK, now let's kick rudder. Left rudder, left rudder.
-4:20:18, Tansky: I can't reach it.
-4:20:20, Thompson: OK, right rudder. Right rudder.
-4:20:25, Thompson: Are we flyin? We're flyin'. Were flyin'. Tell 'em what we're doin'.
-4:20:38, Thompson: Gotta get it over again. At least upside down we're flyin'.
-4:20:54, Thompson: Speedbrakes.
-4:20:55, Tansky: Got it.
-4:20:56, Thompson: Ah, here we go.
-4:20:57, End of recording.