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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 27, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Cockpit conversation on doomed plane TORONTO (CP) The transcript o f conversations picked up by a flight recorder aboard an Air Canada jetliner were read Thursday into the record of a federal inquiry trying to determine what caused the aircraft to crash July 5, killing all 109 persons aboard. The DC-8-63 jetliner had a crew of three in its cockpit during the final minutes: the pilot, Captain Peter Hamil- ton; First Officer Donald Rowland and Second Officer Harry Hill. The fourth party in the con- versations was Toronto Inter- national Airport ground con- trol, picked up and recorded off earphones worn by all three Air Canada crew mem- bers. Times in the transcript re- late to the length of the tape recording, which ran 32 min- utes and 39 seconds. The tape starts at a.m. EDT. The jetliner, en route to Los Angeles from Montreal, touched down on runway 32 at Toronto International Airport at a.m. on the tape) and crashed at a.m. approximately three minutes later. Excerpts from the tape: First Officer Row- land: Nice day. Captain Hamilton: Beautiful. Hamilton: The hous- ing in this part of the world can be Rowland: Yeah, ex- pensive all right. Toronto ground con- Irol: Air Canada 621 is cleared for the back course 32, turn right to 20.2. Rowland: Roger. Rowland: Check three green four pressures, spoilers on the flare. Hamilton: Give (hem to me on the flare. I have given up. Rowland: (laughter) running? Hamilton: Thank you. Second Officer Hill: Spoilers to go and the board is cleared. Hamilton: OK, thanks. Rowland: "Get that thing off the ground. He is leaving a smokescreen for you, just to make it a little challenging. (This was apparently a ref- erence to another aircraft that was in the process of taking off from runway 32 as Flight 621 approached to Hamilton: My IRT (Instrument Flight Regula- tions) approach unknown here, heh, heh, heh. Rowland: Takes the whole airfield that way. Hamilton: Yeah. OK. Apparent power re- duction by the aircraft en- gines. Hamilton: No, no, no. Rowland: Sony, Pete. Noise of impact as air- craft drops from height of 60 feet. Rowland: Sony, Pete. Hamilton: OK. We have lost our power. Ground control: Air Canada C21. Check you on ov- ershoot and you can contact departure on 199 or do you wish to come in for a rrjle on five right? Hamilton: 1 think we'll go around again. I think we'll go straight around. Rowland: Roger, we are go all the way around. Hamilton: Get the gear up please, Don. Rowland: Toronto ap- proach control, Air Canada 621 is overshooting on 32. Ground control: Con- firm on the overshoot. Rowland: Affirmative. Ground control: OK, sir, your intentions please? Rowland: Roger. We would like to circle back for another attempt on 32. Ground control: OK. Runway is closed. Debris on the runway. It is probably about the best. The surface wind is northwest about 10 to 15. Turn right 070 feet. Hamilton: We've lost No. 4 engine. Rowland: Have we? Hill or Rowland: No. 3? Hamilton: No. 4. No. 3 is jammed too. Rowland: Is it? Hamilton: There it is. And the whole thing is jammed. Crackling noise aboard the aircraft. Rowland: What was that? What happened there, Pete? Hamilton: Sorne- Uu'ng's happened there That's No. 4. Rowland: Oil, look, we've got a Sound of a loud explo- sion aboard the aircraft. Rowland: Pete, sorry Sound of an explosion even louder than before. Hamilton, All right. Ground control: The status of your aircraft, please. Sound of metal tearing aboard the aircraft. Hamilton: We have got an explosion, Rowland. Oh, look, we have got a flame. Oh, gosh. Speaker unknown: We have lost a wing End of tape, impact with the ground. Foreign staff influence may be aid to universities CALGARY (CP) An exam ination of foreign influence on Alberta education will probably show that foreign staff at uni- versities is an asset rather than a detriment, the chairman of ihe Universities Commission, Dr. L. A. Thorssen, said Thurs- day. Education Minister Robert Clark announced earlier this week the government mil com- mission a study into the influ- ence of foreign instructors and .extbooks. Dr. Thorssen said there have jeen 'j. "considerable number of complaints, particularly in east- ern Canada" about foreign in- luence. "And because of this fact, I velcome the study as long as it is an honest and sincere study, not a witchhunt. "We probably can clear up, once and for all, a lot of skepti- cism and concern from the minds of a lot of people. About half the faculty at the University of Calgary is foreign and these instructors with "dif- ferent backgrounds of tradition, culture, education and experi- ence should make a tremen- dous contribution." Complaints that foreign pro- fessors are taking jobs from Ca- nadians "could have some val- said Dr. Thossen, but senior instructors in c e r t a in fields must be from outside the countiy because "fifteen years ago some disciplines were not taught wilhin Canada." Friday, November 27, 1970 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD 13 MACLEODS SANTA SANTA ARRIVES 9 A.M. SATURDAY H SPECIAL PRICES IN EFFECT 6-9 P.M. FRIDAY 6-9 P.M. SATURDAY SAVE 30c SIZZLERS World's fastest electric cars! Quick-charge 'em in 90 seconds. Reg. 3.49. NOW....................... ,19 SAVE 40c DRAG CHUTE STUNT SET 1 UUHI'BtUlt summit Rip down the strip "toop" the loop Leap through space Pop the drag 'chute. Reg. 4.97 NOW .57 SAVE ROD RUNNER 2 Hand shift power booster. 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