The pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, which ditched into New York's Hudson River, calmly radioed to air traffic controllers, "We're going to be in the Hudson."
The audio recordings, released Thursday by the Federal Aviation Administration, reflect the initial confusion about whether the passenger jet went into the river.
"I'm sorry, say again," an air traffic controller responded after hearing the pilot's message he was ditching the Airbus A320.
There was no response from the aircraft.
Pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger has told FAA investigators he glided the plane into the river rather than risking a catastrophic crash in a densely populated area. All 155 aboard