Its something Julian Bray has been campaigning for, and with luck, plus a positive ICAO vote, long-haul Airbus A350 and A380 civil aviation jets will soon be equipped with ejectable data and voice recorders also known as black boxes. After ejection these will float using airbag technology making them easier to find in an air crash at sea or on land as the units will be apart from the immediate debris or impact site.
The International Civil Aviation Organization [ICAO] is voting next month, specifically on a recommendation of one its working groups to equip commercial airliners with the technology already in use on military aircraft.
An ejectable black box would be equipped with an airbag system so it could float on the surface of the water in the event of a crash at sea. It would also assist in the indication of the exact point of impact at the time of the crash and to find the wreckage.
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