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Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - Page updated at 09:33 AM


Air Traffic Control tape regarding Flight 93

The U.S. government has not released the tape that jurors in the Zacarias Moussaoui trial heard today.

However, though little noted, what is believed to be an edited tape of the FAA's Air Traffic Control center in Cleveland to determine what was happening on the doomed plane, is available on the Internet.

The tape was first posted at, a site that "focuses on airline accidents and incidents."

The tape also is hosted at The Memory Hole, which site editor Russ Kick says "exists to preserve and spread material that is in danger of being lost, is hard to find, or is not widely known."

"Since this recording wasn't received by me from the FAA or another government agency, I can't vouch for its authenticity," Kick says of the Flight 93 tape. "However, is a very reputable site, often used by the news media as a source of information on airplane accidents, crashes, etc. Some of its forums are moderated by a commercial pilot, a military pilot, and a maintenance inspector.

"I've chosen to post the sound file here because of's credibility and because if this tape is authentic — which I strongly believe it to be — it is extremely important."

The Memory Hole also includes a transcript.

Click here to go to the tape.

(requires Windows Media Player).

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