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Mystery Air Crash Black Box Found Sans Memory Part 205

Posted by Soulskill
from the curiouser-and-curiouser dept.
coondoggie writes "The ongoing undersea search of the Air France Flight 447 wreckage had yielded one of the key items investigators were looking for this week: the flight data recorder. Unfortunately, their hopes for more information about the crash were set back, as the robot subs scouring the ocean floor retrieved the box only to find its memory part missing."
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Mystery Air Crash Black Box Found Sans Memory Part

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  • very bad summary (Score:4, Interesting)

    by fermion (181285) on Friday April 29, 2011 @05:37PM (#35980440) Homepage Journal
    I was going to create some conspiracy theory about how the UN, who is pushed the Obama Presidency on the America people to subjugate the good and wholesome light of legitimate americans to the international jewish conspiracy, crashed the plane because people on board were in possession of personal knowledge of the illegitimacy of his presidency, and subsequently had to push a secret meeting to disintegrate the data from the black box using well known but secret technology that was stolen from the allien space ship that crashed in Tunguska in 1947.

    But that all went away when it the article made it clear that all that found was the chasis for the data recorder, and none of the actual black boxes, i.e. crash survivable memory units, have in fact been seen or recovered.

  • Re:Memory Part? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by 0123456 (636235) on Friday April 29, 2011 @05:40PM (#35980460)

    From the picture I've seen, it looks like the chassis was bent by the impact and that probably caused the memory unit's mounting to break. So the memory unit itself is probably still intact somewhere.

  • by Solandri (704621) on Friday April 29, 2011 @06:22PM (#35980844)
    To answer everyone's question, all they found is the chassis [aviationweek.com] housing the FDR. It connects to the plane's avionics and does the actual flight data recording, which it then writes to flash memory in a separate memory module. It is only important before the crash. The memory module plugs into this chassis and screws on (you can see the 4 screws on the chassis and the screw holes on the memory module's feet if you click on the pic in the link). During the crash, the two got separated. The memory module itself [bbc.co.uk] is the part that's designed to be crash/fire/water-proof, and the locater beacon they were listening for immediately after the crash is attached to the memory module.

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