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By the way, you didn't specify the Oracle Database Version in your query.
Prior to 11gR2 , you could only take backup of the Flash Recovery Area (FRA) to Tape.
Starting from 11GR2 one can take a FRA backup to Disk. The 'TO DESTINATION'-clause has been added to the BACKUP command.
Example : RMAN> Backup recovery area TO DESTINATION ‘+DATA’;