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Dec. 20, 2001, 8:26PM

FBI refuses to release cockpit tape from hijacked flight
Reuters News Service

SAN FRANCISCO -- The FBI has turned down family requests that it release the cockpit voice recording from an airliner hijacked on Sept. 11 that crashed in a Pennsylvania field, saying the horror captured on the tape would do little to assuage their grief.

"(FBI) Director (Robert) Mueller has personally listened to the recording from the hijacked flight and advised that the FBI will not be releasing the tape at this time," an FBI spokesman said in a letter to U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher.

"While we empathize with the grieving families, we do not believe that the horror captured on the cockpit voice recording will console them in any way," the spokesman said.

Tauscher, a California Democrat, had written to the FBI on behalf of Deena Burnett, whose husband Thomas was among those aboard the plane when it was hijacked on Sept. 11.

Unlike three other passenger jets hijacked that day that crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, United Flight 93 crashed into a field in Pennsylvania, apparently brought down amid a passenger revolt against the hijackers.

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