NTSB: Missing Planes' Black Boxes Should Transmit Wirelessly
In light of high-profile plane disappearances in the past year, the NTSB has called for changes to make finding missing aircraft easier.By Cliff Judy | January 23, 2015
Puzzling plane disappearances, massive underwater searches and a complete lack of answers for family members of the victims in the last year. All of that has the National Transportation Safety Board calling for changes to make sure missing planes are easier to find.
On Thursday, the NTSB released this 13-page letter sent to the Federal Aviation Administration and the bureau's chairman wrote in a statement, “Technology has reached a point where we shouldn’t have to search hundreds of miles of ocean floor in a frantic race to find these valuable [black] boxes. In this day and age, lost aircraft should be a thing of the past.” (Video via BBC)
The last year alone saw the high-profile disappearances of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and AirAsia Flight 8501, both of which lost communications over water within an hour of takeoff and presumably crashed into the ocean killing all of the hundreds of people on board. (Video via Euronews and Joint Agency Coordination Centre)