morecy
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Concorde Transcript

Fri Sep 01, 2000 8:26 pm

I was reading through the comments posted on Prrune.com regarding the black box transcript of the downed Concorde (this is a pilot forum).

First off, just reading the transcript brought tears... such a terrible account.

A number of pilots also brought up their aversion to the notion of proposed video recording of the cockpit as part of the black box recordings. They argued that in this voyeuristic society, it's bad enough that these voice transcripts are made public... but think how the media would use released video footage of the last moments of the crew. Would the public have a right to see this?

How do we balance the use of technology to enhance safety versus the common decency of respect towards the families of the lost crew when you've got the media's unscrupulous desire to feed the public's lust for morbid fascination?
 
Ilyushin96M
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RE: Concorde Transcript

Fri Sep 01, 2000 8:58 pm

No, there should ABSOLUTELY not be video cameras in the cockpit recording the crew's actions. As Morecy mentioned, just imagine people being able to watch from the crew's vantage point as a plane goes down. How horribly morbid! Sometimes the cockpit voice recordings are hard enough to read and/or hear.

BTW, I wanted to check out that site prrune.com, but I can't connect to it. Is that the correct address?
 
JumboClassic
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RE: Concorde Transcript

Fri Sep 01, 2000 9:04 pm

http://www.pprune.org
 
morecy
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RE: Concorde Transcript

Fri Sep 01, 2000 9:11 pm

Yeah, it is www.pprune.com. This site has some great stuff.

One argument was that a video recording would have been instrumental in the investigation of last year's Egyptair crash.

Do you think a law forbidding this info from being released to the public would work?

 
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mbmbos
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RE: Concorde Transcript

Fri Sep 01, 2000 9:38 pm

The merits of cockpit video taping should be based on whether there's a real chance that such tapings could bring important details to light.

Sadly, it's hard to imagine such tapings not making its way to the tabloids or even to the established media.
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JumboClassic
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RE: Concorde Transcript

Fri Sep 01, 2000 9:48 pm

If there is a video recording from the cockpit, it is very likely that it will find its way to the tabloids one way or the other. I am totally against it and I am not sure if it will be much more useful than the CVR, at least for the majority of accidents.

As for the Concorde transcript - extremely sad... I wouldn't want to see a video from this cockpit.
 
Golfhaus
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RE: Concorde Transcript

Fri Sep 01, 2000 10:54 pm

Morecy,

"Do you think a law forbidding this info from being released to the public would work?"

Maybe on a domestic flight, but once you get out into the ocean and past the (12 miles out?) part of the ocean that each country claims territorial rights to, a nation's laws become worthless. Granted, you might be able to secure some kind of international agreement, but all it would take is one country to not agree to it and you have your disaster video pipeline.

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