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FLIGHT RECORDING

An excerpt from the flight recording of the fatal Blackwater Flight 61 from Bagram Air Field, destination Farah:

Pilot: I hope I'm going in the right valley.

Co-pilot: That one or this one.

Pilot: I'm just going to go up this one.

Co-pilot: Well, we, we've never, or at least I've never done this Farah from Bagram, so it would be a valley up here.

Pilot: That's that's true, yeah.

Flight mechanic: Yeah, I think that goes to Herat.

Pilot: Yeah.

Flight mechanic: And kind of towards Shindien or Farah, but it's not direct.

Pilot: We'll just see where this leads. We have fantastic vis[ibility] right now.

Flight mechanic: Can I bug you for your maps?

NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD

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