BA-747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1159 times:
i dont actually know i caught a bit from SKY news here in the uk and there was an american guy talkin about the black boxes he said one is very severly charred on the outside so i dont know if they have got them or just located them.
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1151 times:
Ah, OK. If they can actually tell it´s charred, they must have seen it.
You know, I thought if they located it but it´s under that great pile of rubble, that piece of knowledge might not help so much. And until they find their way to the centre of the pile, the ping might have stopped.
How long are the black boxes pinging anyway?
Poopsie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1112 times:
The black boxes are tested to survive a hell of a lot more then a building collapsing on them. They can survive fires in excess of 3000 degrees for days on end. They will find the boxes (eventually) and bomb the crap out of those pig f**kers!!!!
Flashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2914 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (13 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1094 times:
Poopsie, please... let's keep this on a human level.
The keys here are the CVR recordings. Apparently, on at least one of the planes, the pilot's mike was kept open to Air Traffic Controllers, meaning that there's at least one tape that may be able to give us clues.
These people obviously knew the capabilities of these planes, so we can only assume that they knew how to turn the CVR's off.
I don't believe that FDR data will be as valuable - we know where these planes flew, how fast they were going, and where they crashed. FDR data here would be purely academic, in my opinion.