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MH370: One Ping Does Not A Discovery Make. Or Does it?

Saturday, April 5, 2014
By George Hatcher

An underwater locator beacon (ULB) such as the one on the black boxes (CVR) Cockpit Voice Recorder and FDR (Flight Data Recorder) of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on 37.5 kHz for about 30 days at 4°C temperature. They run on lithium-ion batteries, and “mileage” may vary; 30 days is the minimum expectation. This is... »

LAO Airlines Crash Update

Friday, November 1, 2013
By George Hatcher
LAO Airlines Crash Update

At last the flight data recorder from the crash of a Lao Airlines turboprop ATR-72 has been recovered from the Mekong river. The cockpit voice recorder has been located also but has not yet been retrieved due to the strong currents and muddy water of the Mekong. The flight data recorder tracks technical data:... »

Black Boxes Recovered, Interim Guess blames Antonov Failure on low vis Weather or Pilot Error

Thursday, September 13, 2012
By George Hatcher
Black Boxes Recovered, Interim Guess blames Antonov Failure on low vis Weather or Pilot Error

Click to view full size photo at Contact photographer Dmitriy Pichugin What: Local carrier FGUPKAP twin-engine Antonov An-28 en route from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Yelizovo to Palana Where: Palana village, Russia When: Sept 12, 2012 12:28 p.m. Who: 12 passengers, 2 crew, ten fatalities Update: Two flight recorders retrieved on Thursday are bound for Moscow... »

Dana Air History Comes Out at Inquest

Saturday, August 4, 2012
By George Hatcher

While testifying at the coroner’s inquest before Lagos State Coroner Mr. Oyetade Komolafe, Tony Usidamen of Dana Air revealed that the Dana plane (registration number 5N-RAM) that crashed in Lagos in June 2012 had its engine replaced after a bird strike while outbound from Lagos on April 19, 2010. Records indicate 5N-RAM also had... »

Continuing Search for Sukhoi Superjet Wreckage Indicates Probable Black Box Location Buried Under Debris

Monday, May 14, 2012
By George Hatcher

What: Sukhoi Superjet 100-95 en route from Jakarta to Jakarta Halim Perdanakusuma Airport Where: Indonesia When: May 9th 2012 Who: 36 passengers, 6 crew and 2 Sukhoi official Why: Indonesian special police found the engines, running gear of the SSJ-100, and located (but have not retrieved) the black boxes. The Sukhoi cockpit design is... »

NTSB Photo Opportunity with Caribbean Black Boxes

Monday, August 1, 2011
By George Hatcher
NTSB Photo Opportunity with Caribbean Black Boxes

WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a photo availability on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 of the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder from Caribbean Airlines flight 523, which crashed during landing on Saturday July 30, 2011 in Georgetown, Guyana. Event: Photo Availability Date/Time: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.... »

Flight Data Recorders Beyond 447

Friday, June 24, 2011
By George Hatcher

Honeywell could be resting on its laurels, since the Honeywell Flight Data Recorders aboard Air France Flight 447 certainly performed, resisting two years worth of extreme water pressure and temperature. Skeptics did not expect the data to be recoverable. The fact is that the flight data recorders working for two years at 12,800 feet... »

Dubai: UPS Boeing Black Boxes Sent to US

Friday, September 17, 2010
By George Hatcher
Dubai: UPS Boeing Black Boxes Sent to US

The NTSB has received the data and voice recorders from the UPS Boeing 747-400 that crashed in Dubai on Sept 3 2010. Two crew members died in the cargo plane crash after an on board fire that made viewing flight gauges impossible. Download article as PDF »

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