Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Black Boxes Set to Give Up Their Secrets

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Black Boxes Set to Give Up Their Secrets

Article excerpt

THE black boxes being examined by UK air crash investigators will provide key information for those probing the MH17 disaster.

Poring through the evidence from the boxes, which are actually orange, will provide members of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) with an insight into the last seconds of the Malaysia Airlines flight before the crash in Ukraine.

From the cockpit voice recorder the AAIB team will be able to hear what the pilots were saying in the moments before the plane's apparently missile-induced disintegration.

Although there would have been no time for the pilots to issue a mayday warning, it is possible one of them saw something approaching the aircraft.

Also there might have been a moment captured in words by the recording while the crew fought to control the aircraft before it broke up.

Typically, the last two hours of a flight is recorded on the cockpit voice recorder while the other black box, the flight data recorder (FDR), provides a much longer record - several hours long - of how the plane's systems were operating and being operated. …

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