Legacy CVR helps pilot's defense

 - May 31, 2007, 6:37 AM

Cockpit voice recordings leaked late last month from the Embraer Legacy that collided with the Gol Airlines 737 over the Amazon last September indicate that the two business-jet pilots were very much aware of their position and altitude, despite earlier reports to the contrary. The transcript shows the Legacy crew correctly checked in at their assigned altitude of FL370, which was confirmed by ATC. This was the last successful transmission before the accident. Although the transcript does show confusion about a system, the pilots actually discussed Airshow, the cabin management system, not the avionics as has previously been reported.