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Lion Air Data Recorder Recovered From Sea

It could provide crucial info on cause of crash

(Newser) - Divers on Thursday recovered a flight data recorder from the crashed Lion Air jet on the seafloor, a crucial development in the investigation into what caused the 2-month-old plane to plunge into Indonesian seas earlier this week , killing all 189 people on board. One TV station showed footage of two... More »

New Black Boxes Won't Slumber on the Ocean Floor

Airbus' next generation is designed to float

(Newser) - There have been a number of instances where a plane has gone down at sea and the black box was never found—most recently in the case of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 . When it comes to avoiding that fate, the ultimate goal is to get the flight recorders off the... More »

In Black Box, Hope for Doomed Ship's Secrets

It should hold El Faro's final communications, GPS data

(Newser) - The El Faro's "black box" has been pulled from its resting place, some three miles below the ocean's surface east of the Bahamas, more than 10 months after the vessel sank in a hurricane . The data recorder—which should hold at least 12 hours of recordings of... More »

EgyptAir's Second Black Box Is Found

Flight data and voice recorders were pulled from plane's tail

(Newser) - The flight data recorder of the EgyptAir plane that crashed last month, killing all 66 people on board, was recovered early Friday from the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, one day after the plane's cockpit voice recorder was also retrieved. The announcement from the Egyptian investigation committee came two... More »

Found: Black Box for Crashed EgyptAir Plane

Egyptian investigators say cockpit voice recorder was pulled out of Mediterranean Sea

(Newser) - The cockpit voice recorder of the doomed EgyptAir plane that crashed last month, killing all 66 on board, has been found and pulled from the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt's investigation committee said Thursday, per the AP . The development raises hopes of finding clues as to the cause of the May... More »

Pings 'Likely' From EgyptAir Black Box

Search efforts will ramp up in coming days

(Newser) - A French ship combing the Mediterranean for evidence of EgyptAir Flight 804 has detected what investigators believe are signals from one of the plane's black boxes. Search equipment "has detected signals from the seabed of the search area, which likely belong to one of the data boxes,"... More »

AirAsia Searchers Close In on Black Box Pings

At site 2 miles from where tail piece was recovered

(Newser) - Searchers combing the Java Sea for AirAsia wreckage are closing in on pings they're pretty sure are coming from the doomed plane's black boxes. Three Indonesian ships detected two sets of signals, which the AP describes as "intense," about two miles from where divers yesterday found... More »

So Where Are the Black Boxes?

Conflicting reports swirl about them

(Newser) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 17's black boxes are key to the crash investigation—so where are they? Good luck with that. The New York Times reports that the voice and data recorders have been taken from the crash site, but after that it gets confusing. There's all kinds of... More »

Jet Search: Pings Have Gone Silent

Submersible ready to investigate underwater, but field of search needs to be narrowed

(Newser) - When an Australian ship heard pings possibly from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, officials saw a big lead open up in the search—but since then, investigators haven't been able to recapture the signal, Reuters reports. That's particularly worrying since the batteries on the jet's black boxes have... More »

Pings 'Consistent With Black Boxes'

Search chief: This is best Flight 370 lead yet

(Newser) - With time about to run out in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's data recorders, authorities say they've had what appears to be the best lead yet. Officials say an Australian vessel has detected pings consistent with the signals from aircraft black boxes, the BBC reports. The... More »

Ships Race Toward 'Pings' ... as Batteries Fade

(Newser) - Searchers hunting for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet raced toward a patch of the southern Indian Ocean today to determine whether a few brief sounds picked up by underwater equipment came from the plane's black boxes, whose battery-powered pingers are on the verge of dying out. Ships scouring a... More »

Jet Search Moves Underwater

Ships may only have a few days to find black boxes

(Newser) - Two ships have begun a race against time to try to find the black boxes of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 before the data recorder's battery-powered pinger ceases transmission. An Australian navy ship towing a pinger locator and a British survey vessel are searching a 150-mile track where the plane... More »

Jet Search Turns to Black Boxes—Amid Protests

Bad weather halts search for debris

(Newser) - With the news that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is now believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean with all lives lost , searchers are now in a race against time to recover the aircraft's black boxes before the battery signal is lost, possibly in less than two weeks from... More »

Jet Searchers Spot 'Circular,' 'Rectangular' Objects

They could be retrieved as early as today

(Newser) - Are searchers finally closing in on the missing Malaysia Airlines plane? A number of objects were spotted today, after several reports of possible debris spotted over the weekend:
  • An Australian plane saw an "orange rectangular object" and a "gray or green circular object" in the southern Indian Ocean
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Pilot 'Deliberately' Crashed Plane, Killing 33

Mozambican Airlines pilot locked door, took plane down

(Newser) - A Mozambican Airlines plane that went down in Namibia last month, killing all 33 aboard, was no accident according to preliminary investigations. With the co-pilot in the bathroom, pilot Hermino dos Santos Fernandes locked the cockpit door, reports the AP , then "made a deliberate series of maneuvers" that systematically... More »

Recordings Recovered From Crashed Air France Jet

Investigation among most complex and expensive in history

(Newser) - French investigators have recovered all the flight data and cockpit voice recordings from the recorders of an Air France jet found in the Atlantic nearly two years after it crashed, they said today. The recorders were located by underwater robots and hoisted from depths of some 13,000 feet earlier... More »

France to Hunt Again for Vanished Rio-Paris Flight

Fourth search for Flight 447's black boxes to begin in February

(Newser) - The French government will conduct a fourth search for the flight recorders of the Air France jetliner that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris 18 months ago, it announced today. The initial search for Flight 447 found 50 bodies and hundreds of pieces... More »

Ethiopian Jet's Black Box Recovered

Plane had crashed outside Beirut in Jan. 25 thunderstorm

(Newser) - Lebanon's marine commandos today recovered the black box of the Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed into the Mediterranean last month, a Lebanese army officer said. The Boeing 737 crashed Jan. 25 minutes after takeoff from Beirut during a fierce thunderstorm. All 90 people on board died. The officer said the... More »

Yemenia Air Black Boxes Too Deep for Divers

Search continues as France sends searcher robots to Comoros

(Newser) - Investigators have concluded that the black boxes from Yemenia Airways Flight 626 that plunged into the Indian Ocean are too deep to be reached by divers, a French official said today. French investigators are trying to determine the exact zone where the boxes can be found using equipment that allows... More »

Sub Reports Signal from Yemenia Black Boxes

No word on when data recorders will be recovered from ocean

(Newser) - A submarine has located the black boxes from Yemenia Flight 626 in the Indian Ocean, a French investigative agency said today. Divers and search crews are still working to find debris from the plane, and have recovered parts of the fuselage, reports the AP. Officials did not say when the... More »

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