ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What you Need to know about Flight Data Recorders

Updated on January 26, 2014

Flight Data Recorder

This is what a Flight Data Recorder looks like.
This is what a Flight Data Recorder looks like.

EgyptAir Flight 990 Recovered Flight Data Recorder

Flight 990 plummeted into the Atlantic Ocean, about 60 miles (97 km) south of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, in international waters, killing all of the 217 people on board.  Pulled this up from the bottom of the Ocean.
Flight 990 plummeted into the Atlantic Ocean, about 60 miles (97 km) south of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, in international waters, killing all of the 217 people on board. Pulled this up from the bottom of the Ocean.

Recovering the Black Boxes

A Flight Data Recorder or “Black Box” as they are often referred to helps aviation investigators determine the cause of airline crashes. Flight Data Recorders are engineered to withstand the forces of high speed impacts and the heat of intense fires including those caused by jet fuel explosions and buringing.

Flight Data Recorders are not actually Black Boxes, rather they are brightly colored in a very visible shade of orange. The purpose of which is to allow the devices to be easily seen during the recovery process.

In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates all aspects of U.S. aviation, and cites design requirements in their Technical Standard Order, based on the EUROCAE documents (as do the aviation authorities of many other countries).

Flight Data recorders in commercial jetliners are placed in the tail section of the aircraft. The reason of course is to minimize the impact and damage to the boxes themselves as most planes will crash nose first. This also puts the devices far behind the fuel storage tanks. The sensors and data acquisition units which feed the flight data recorders information such as acceleration, engine performance, airspeed, flap settings, temperature, cabin pressure, etc. are located in various places in the aircraft.

In commercial aircraft there are microphones built into the cockpit and voice recorders to capture and track what is said by the pilots as they communicate with air traffic control. These devices also record ambient noise such the movement of switches.

The flight voice recorders contain microphones in the pilot and copilot headsets and crew members that sit in the cockpit if present.

Flight Data Recorders are required to pass a number of tests including:

  • Crash Impact
  • Static Crush
  • Pin Drop
  • Fire Test
  • DeepSea Submersion
  • Salt Water Submersion
  • Fluid Immersion

The specifics of which go beyond the scope of what I am trying to present to you here. One test in particular you should pay close attention to and that is the Fire Test.

Fire Test - Researchers place the unit into a propane-source fireball, cooking it using three burners. The unit sits inside the fire at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,100 C) for one hour. The FAA requires that all solid-state recorders be able to survive at least one hour at this temperature.

One hour at a consistent 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit!

Now the punch line. Each jet that crased into the World Trade Centers contained 2 flight data recorders. The official 911 report states that the flight recorders were never found. Boxes that are designed to withstand 3,400 G’s of force and burn for an hour at a consistent temperature of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit! However, bone fragments of individuals killed in the blast were found and in good enough shape to test for DNA identification. Odd that bone fragments of a human body would be identifiable, but not one of the 4 flight data recorders was found. Humans are more Fire Proof than Fire Proof boxes?

You can draw your own conclusions. For me I have to side with the people that know the truth. The boxes were discovered and are in possession of the FBI and the Federal Government Refuses to admit this because there is incriminating evidence contained on the flight data recorders.

Air Force Ordered to Stand Down

Why was the Air Force ordered to Stand Down?

In 1999, when golf pro Payne Stewart's small PRIVATE Lear jet went off-course and out of communication just after takeoff in Florida.

Within MINUTES, on an immediate alert from the FAA, U.S. Air Force and Air Guard jets were scrambled to intercept Stewart's jet and see what the heck was up "Several Air Force and Air National Guard fighter jets, plus an AWACS radar control plane, helped the Federal Aviation Administration track the runaway Learjet and estimate when it would run out of fuel." --CNN, 10.26.99

Again you can draw your own conclusions. Might want to research “False Flag” operations.

Blind Trust in Government is your choice.

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. -- Thomas Jefferson


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)