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Alaska 261 That Crashed  
User currently offlineCyberflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 44 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2673 times:

First, let me apologize if this an not the forum to ask this question, but it has been bugging me for a few years now about Alaskan 261`....

I was at Church and the pastor, during his sermon, declared that during the playing of the Cockpit Voice Recorder a passenegr can be heard praying with the passengers and that several passengers were "saved" before the plane crashed. Apprently there was a minsters wife , or actually, a Pastor
on board leading these people to salvation.

I can't find anything on the net to validate or confirm this claim. I hope the Pastor wasn't using this heartbreaking event to inprove his standing, or mislead the Church.

If anybody has info regarding this please let me know.


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User currently offlineHa2vegas From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2603 times:

The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR)will not generally pick up cabin conversations. Its microphone is usually located on the console above and between the 2 pilots, and it's purpose is to record up to 30 minutes of cockpit conversation.

The CVR tapes from 261, to my knowledge have not been released to the public, and as there were no survivors of this tragedy I would be surprised if the account was factual. More likely it is good-intentioned hearsay.

For more info on the CVR, click here.

User currently offlineDash8tech From Hong Kong, joined Jul 1999, 732 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2564 times:

Nothing like that is included in the CVR transcript.

However, I don't feel there's anything wrong with a Minister doing that if it did happen in a similar instance. It's his duty to bring people to Christ, not a PR stunt for the church. If a Pastor could predict when life was going to end his job would be much easier.


User currently offlineHawkeye2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2550 times:

Sadly, it's not true: http://www.snopes2.com/glurge/alaska.htm

User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1692 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2498 times:

I have listened to the 261 CVR tape at least 20 times.

And I have never heard anything loike what you are talking about.

You should be able to download it at

It is disturbing to listen too.

User currently offlineN400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2463 times:

If I'm not mistaken, it is only the AS 261 ATC tape that has been released, not the CVR.

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