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Black boxes: First things first, they are not black - 3 months ago, 14 Mar 13:53

Mercy Asamba

With Sunday's crash of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max -8 jetliner that killed 157 passengers, among them 32 Kenyans, the term black box is on every lip.

But, what is it?

A black box is a misleading term.  And it is not black. It is referred to as black, because, according to one authority, "it is often charred black after a crash or, it may be because the very first boxes were painted black to prevent reflection or because 'black box' is a general name in science for devices with in-and output of data with complex internal workings".

The box is painted in a vibrant colour called International orange for visibility in the event of a crash.

Professionals call black boxes Flight Data Recorders (FDRs).  And, there are two types, either combined in one unit or separated. In other words, the FDR can be separate from the other black box called the Cockpit ...
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