HAUNTING audio has revealed a pilot’s final moments before his plane crashed near Westchester County Airport in New York.
Audio from the flight obtained and reviewed by the New York Post has revealed Taub’s chilling final moments.
Taub reportedly asked to stop the plane’s ascent at 6,000 feet.
The air traffic controller approved the request but said the plane would need to climb to 8,000 feet in a matter of miles.
“All right, I’m just not getting the performance we were expecting and I’m not certain why,” Taub says.
“I can’t understand why. We’re climbing at about 200 feet per minute, so 8,000 would take a long time.”
Taub complained about a lack of “vertical speed” before identifying the issue as a “dead cylinder” in the engine.
“So we would like to go to Westchester,” Taub said.
“Are you declaring an emergency?” the controller asked.
Taub initially declined declaring an emergency but changed his tune just seconds later.
“I am declaring an emergency. My oil pressure is dropping,” Taub said.
The controller then told Taub he was approved to land at the Westchester Airport.
“Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!” Taub then urgently declared.
The controller continued to provide guidance and direction.
But Taub then said: “If you can keep giving me vectors.”
“I can’t see a thing out here.”
The flight was headed to Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights.
Divers and boats were also deployed to search nearby bodies of water, including the Kensico Reservoir and Rye Lake.
Emergency services swiftly established command posts in the surrounding area, including outside the airport and nearby streets, and conducted search and rescue operations on foot in the nearby wooded areas.
However, the search was initially hindered by inclement weather conditions, including heavy rain, thunder, and lightning which limited visibility.
The crash site and both men were found in a wooded area at around 11pm on Thursday.
A flight radar playback shows the aircraft rapidly descending thousands of feet within minutes.