2006_04_flight93recorder.jpgThe cockpit recording from United Flight 93 on September 11 was played in the courtroom of Zacarias Moussaoui's death penalty trial. The 31 minute tape details, as the Daily News puts it, "the charge toward the cockpit, yelps of pain, groans, crashing sounds and the panic of the hijackers as the Americans tried to shove their way in," as well as hijackers yelling "Sit down!" and someone saying, "I don't want to die." The hijackers also repeatedly said, "In the name of Allah. I bear witness that there is no other God but Allah," (the NY Times says Moussaoui smiled "broadly" when that was played). The prosecution rested, and the defense will attempt to show the jury that Moussaoui does not deserve the death penalty, the strategy being to show that he was actually a fringe member of Al Qaeda and that he's mentally ill, deluding himself into thinking he's a mastermind of the plot.

Only the transcript (read it here at The Smoking Gun) was released; Judge Leonie Brinkema refused to release the recording, after victims' families objected. At any rate, the transcript itself is pretty harrowing.