Airplane black boxes, explained

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Sometimes flight recorders are the only way the victims' families will know what happened to the plane.

Immediately following an airplane crash anywhere in US territory, the National Transportation Safety Board dispatches a team of investigators to survey the wreckage, gather information from the airline and from air traffic control, and retrieve the plane's so-called "black boxes."

These flight recorders — one stores cockpit audio recordings, the other stores airplane instrument data — are sent to NTSB's lab in Washington, DC, for analysis. There, officials listen to what are sometimes the pilots' final, panicked moments of life. They interpret not only what the pilots were saying before the crash but also any snaps, bangs, and alarms captured by the cockpit area microphone.

By combining those audio clues with data from the plane's instruments and sensors, as well as evidence from the scene, investigators can usually determine the cause of the crash, even in cases with no surviving witnesses.


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Because if they called it the Orange Box, they'd get sued by Valve.

Author — The Original Gamer


I learn more knowledge in YouTube than in School

Author — RoyceMikhail


Black box: because when you have to use it, it probably involved death.

Author — Lucas L


Why not do both? Have the planes transmit data to a satellite and keep a flight recorder onboard in case the plane ceases transmitting data to the satellite. That way the onboard flight recorder continues recording data after data transmission has ceased.

Author — EnigmaHood


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Author — Tech By Matt


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Author — Tomos Williams


How the hell to you make those videos? What's your process? Please make a video on this!?

Author — Coffee Dynamite


Here after the plane "crashed" in iran

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Author — Europeans against fascism


In engineering a black box is not something with a lot of inputs. It means a device where you know the inputs and outputs but don't know how the inside works.

Author — Glen THOMAS Neville


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Why am I watching this in an airport 40 minutes before my flight?

Author — The Duck


This hittin different right now, RIP Kobe and everyone on board

Author — uneeversal


i'm no expert. but logically i think in the past the "black box" was originally colored black. But they had to change the color to a much more highlighted/vibrant color to ease the search for the so called black box in the rubble. Just a thought. :p

Author — Pickles Sour


Just imagine having your whole house shake, looking outside, and seeing that you were feet from dying.

Author — Gav


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Author — Niker107


The name Black Box is a term where we know the input and the output of something but don't know yet how the process occur.

Author — Misu Satriyo


That the question I asked my girl Everytime. 😂

Author — Raman Choudhary


Outside the aviation industry, a black box usually means "a unit in which an unknown process takes place". With black boxes, you only know what you put in and what came out, not what happened in there. It's often used in software and sometimes in engineering.

Author — J. van der Linden


Pilots always use the rudder in each and every turn....
In any aircraft the use of the rudder is to stay coordinated. The ailerons controlling bank will not suffice in coordinated turn.

Author — Ray Maldonado