New black box to float on the wa­ter

Science Illustrated - - TECHNOLOGY/ PLANE CRASHES -

As a re­sult of the fruit­less search for Malaysia Air­lines Flight 370, Air­bus has de­vel­oped a new type of black box, which will be stan­dard equip­ment in all new Air­bus long dis­tance planes from 2019. Over time, the box will be in­stalled in all the Euro­pean plane man­u­fac­turer's air­craft. If a plane crashes into wa­ter, the box will au­to­mat­i­cally be ejected from the tail fin to float on the wa­ter. All ex­ist­ing black boxes sink to the bot­tom. From the wa­ter sur­face, the box will send sig­nals about its po­si­tion for up to 90 days, which is three times the ex­ist­ing ca­pac­ity.

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