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Transcripts show pilots went off course before October crash
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ST. LOUIS Moments before the crash that killed them, one of the pilots of a regional airliner told an air traffic controller they'd "decided to have a little fun" by flying at maximum altitude.

That's according to transcripts obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The documents say an air traffic controller commented that it's rare to see a plane like theirs flying at 41-thousand feet. One of the pilots responds, "we don't have any passengers on board, so we decided to have a little fun and come up here."

Both pilots died in the crash in Jefferson City, Missouri last October. No one was hurt on the ground.

The transcripts describe one air traffic controller's concern that the plane might not have enough gas. Then they detail plane's rapid descent.

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