This is the article from the AIR TRANSPORT WORLD web site at http://www.atwonline.com/indexfull.cfm?newsid=2023
It's more detailed than the article linked to in the initial post.
China Airlines CVR offers no easy answers to breakup
Dateline: Tuesday June 25, 2002
The mystery has deepened into the loss of China Airlines Flight 611 on May 25 after initial readings of the cockpit voice recorder in Taiwan.
Contents of the CVR recovered from the sea last week were made public by Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council after leaks to newspapers. The tape lasts 31 min. 56 sec. and up to the 17-min. mark reveals normal conversation between crewmembers. Then for 0.3 of a second there is no signal from the CVR.
At the 18-min. mark, which corresponds to 1514 local time, there is a faint tapping sound. At the same time, other mysterious noises are heard in the cockpit and the captain tells passengers to fasten their seatbelts. This explains why the body of the inflight service director was recovered strapped to a crew seat. The tapping noises continue for about 2 min. and stop at 1516.
At 1520, the 24th minute of the tape, there are several short thumping sounds, likened to a human heartbeat. At 1524 the faint tapping sound is heard again with 10 repetitions over 3 min. The tape ends at 1528 just after a sudden thump is heard. The pilot's conversation during this period is normal and the only sign of any problem is the request for passengers and crew to be seated.
The mysterious sounds lead some safety analysts to consider that the aircraft may have suffered a structural failure of some kind rather than an explosion. The FDR is being analyzed and it is likely that data will be released this week.
Hearing the plane break up around you for 15 minutes must be a nightmare come true!
I'd really like to know what you think!