Mangalore: Air Crash in Local Airport – Black Box Found


Mangalore: Air Crash in Local Airport – Black Box Found
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (SP)

Mangalore, May 25:  The digital flight data recorder, a part of the black box, of the Air India Express plane that crashed killing 158 people was found Tuesday after three days of intensive search operations.

A relieved search team of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and local police displayed the FDR, which was black due to fire and smoke.

They did not give the exact location of where the device was found. It will provide clues for possible causes of the worst air disaster in over a decade and will be taken to Delhi for analysis.

The team late Sunday recovered the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and a part of the black box containing the digital flight data acquisition unit (DFDAU).

In aviation parlance, black box is a loose term used for two pieces of equipment - the digital cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder - that gives crucial inputs to investigators on causes of air accidents.





One device digitally records all conversations inside the cockpit and those with the air traffic controllers. The other has the history of the aircraft's flight details, such as acceleration, engine thrust, airspeed, altitude, rudder position, which are also vital for crash probes.

The CVR of the crashed plane has been affected by fire but it is expected to yield the desired information, according to a DGCA statement.

Though the DFDAU, a parallel unit of the digital flight data recorder that records flight parameter for shorter duration has also been recovered, search for the latter is continuing, the statement said.

"Analysis of CVR and flight data will be conducted in the next fortnight. Similarly, analysis of records pertaining to the crash will take a couple of weeks," a probe official told IANS.

Flight IX 812 burst into flames after falling over a cliff early Saturday and most of the 158 victims, including 19 children and four infants, were burnt to death. The Boeing overshot the runway while landing at Bajpe airport, about 20 km from here.

All six crew members of the flight also perished in the disaster. Eight passengers survived and are being treated for their injuries in various hospitals in the city.

Police said 22 bodies are yet to be identified and DNA tests will be conducted. Forensic experts from Hyderabad have taken samples necessary for the DNA test from family members. Results of the tests will be known in about a week. .

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    • IMRAN`, SAUDI CHEVRON

      Thu, May 27 2010

      The aircraft took more than 150 body as dead in this tragedy now they found black box like a trophy after winning a match... what is the use of it... they cannot bring them back..... everything is gone.. we can not retrive them.. no use of black box...

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    • Martin J Pinto, Mangalore / Abu Dhabi

      Tue, May 25 2010

      The person holding the device is unable to control his emotions and is jumping with Joy (coz they spotted it after 3 long days of search operations). Is this the right way of handling THE most CRUCIAL piece of evidence left, which can demystify the case and reveal so many important details pertaining to the tragic incident? I'm not sure but I don't think so. It looks like the gentelman has mistaken it for a trophy. The pics remind me of a well-known saying "Mangana kaiyalli manikya"!

      Regards,
      MJP.

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    • Manohar Dsouza, Mangalore/Bahrain

      Tue, May 25 2010

      ATC should also have a recording of the conversation which took place with the pilot. When will that be made public?

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    • Vikram, Sydney

      Tue, May 25 2010

      Why are these people smiling with black box in hand,are they showing a world cup trophy won by them,the whole city is mourning with loss of dear&near ones,guys try to control your smiles at the tragic site.

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    • Ganesh, Mangalore/UAE

      Tue, May 25 2010

      Lost is lost they can not bring any one alive. stop blaming air port, runway etc, identify the cause and try to rectify or atleast take measures to stop this type of happenings. Thts all may all the soul rest in peace

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    • EDWARD, MANGALORE

      Tue, May 25 2010

      I FULLY AGREE WITH MOHAN AND SUSAN. I ALSO READ THAT ANALYSIS REPORT OF BLACK-BOX WILL TAKE 6M TO 1YR.. FOR WHAT? ALL WILL BE DECODED IMMEDIATELY & PEOPLE OF INDIA, SPECIALLY FAMILY MEMBERS / RELATIVES OF DECEASED WAITING WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED? WHETHER FLIGHT WAS DEFECTIVE-MAL FUNCTIONING-ATC'S WRONG SIGNAL-PILOT ERROR? SO ALL WE WANT TO ASAP.

      WHY 6 MONTHS/1YR FOR THIS. AIR-INDIA MNGMENT CAN'T FOOL ANYMORE GENERAL PUBLIC. I ALSO READ THAT AIR-INDIA STAFF ARE NOT GETTING THEIR PAY FOR 4-5 MONTHS. WE LOST 158 INNOCENT LIVES. AND AS PER SUSAN ALL INDIAN INTERNATIONAL / NATIONAL AIRPORTS MUST HAVE CAMERA AT TAKE-OFF & LANDING AREA. DEAR AIR-INDIA, CENTRAL GOVT, CIVIL AVIATION MINISTER PLESE WAKE-UP & EMBRACE NEW TECHNOGY ASAP.

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    • Srikanth Shenoy, Mangalore/ Pune

      Tue, May 25 2010

      They say that the the fist 7 minutes during take off and During landing is the most critical part. so why don't they install camera's. so that investigating these complex situation will be much easier.

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    • Dr J Nambiar, Kuttikole/Manipal

      Tue, May 25 2010

      I saw the authorirties puttig the black box in a Big bazar hag.Thats shows how careful and sincere are our authorities in handling the black box

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    • Martin J Pinto, Abu Dhabi

      Tue, May 25 2010

      The person holding the device is unable to control his emotions and is jumping with Joy (coz they spotted it after 3 long days of search operations). Is this the right way of handling THE most CRUCIAL piece of evidence left, which can demystify the case and reveal so many important details pertaining to the tragic incident? I'm not sure but I don't think so. It looks like the gentelman has mistaken it for a trophy. The pics remind me of a well-known saying "Mangana kaiyalli manikya"!

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    • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore - U.S.A.

      Tue, May 25 2010

      It always take time to search and find the black box as it is termed. Would this clearly indicate the captain's approach and decision making concept. From a lay person's point of view the captain realized and was aware that he was in the process of overshooting. In such a case a firm decision has to be taken by The Commander whether to land or to abort landing a take off. A delay of even seconds can be a serious consequence. Whatever the Black Box recordings be what decision did the Captain take?. It is obvious that whatever DECISION that was taken was a DELAYED ACTION.

      Joe Gonsalves

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    • Bhat, Mangalore

      Tue, May 25 2010

      Dear Susan,added to your question, I feel the black box recorder arrangement should consist of vedio recording of the cockpit and also clear visual area ahead of the aircraft.

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    • ruchir agarwal, mangalore

      Tue, May 25 2010

      Early flight data recorders were literally boxes painted black, hence the term "Black Boxes". It wasn't until 1965 they were required to be painted bright orange or bright yellow to make them easier to find at a crash scene. The term "Black" also often implies death and the last moments of fatal flights are often revealed throught the FDR. Perhaps this is a reason the moniker stuck even after the devices were painted orange

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    • Mushtaq ZamZam (Dammam), Azad Nagar Bhatkal

      Tue, May 25 2010

      Yah Susan Manglore you are right, why aviation department not installing ( Fixing ) the CC Camera or other Divice ,

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    • EDWARD, MANGALORE

      Tue, May 25 2010

      I FULLY AGREE WITH MOHAN AND SUSAN. I ALSO READ THAT ANALYSIS REPORT OF BLACK-BOX WILL TAKE 6M TO 1YR.. FOR WHAT? ALL WILL BE DECODED IMMEDIATELY & PEOPLE OF INDIA, SPECIALLY FAMILY MEMBERS / RELATIVES OF DECEASED WAITING WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED? WHETHER FLIGHT WAS DEFECTIVE-MAL FUNCTIONING-ATC'S WRONG SIGNAL-PILOT ERROR? SO ALL WE WANT TO ASAP. WHY 6 MONTHS/1YR FOR THIS. AIR-INDIA MNGMENT CAN'T FOOL ANYMORE GENERAL PUBLIC. I ALSO READ THAT AIR-INDIA STAFF ARE NOT GETTING THEIR PAY FOR 4-5 MONTHS. WE LOST 158 INNOCENT LIVES. AND AS PER SUSAN ALL INDIAN INTERNATIONAL / NATIONAL AIRPORTS MUST HAVE CAMERA AT TAKE-OFF & LANDING AREA. DEAR AIR-INDIA, CENTRAL GOVT, CIVIL AVIATION MINISTER PLESE WAKE-UP & EMBRACE NEW TECHNOGY ASAP.

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    • susan, Mangalore

      Tue, May 25 2010

      Why camera not installed in take off and landing area in the air-port?

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    • Mohan H Naik, Mangaluru

      Tue, May 25 2010

      Six Months to One year Passengers to risk their life!!!

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    • Appucha Dammam, Uppinangady

      Tue, May 25 2010

      Black Box found.Authority of Aviation could they publish on media report details reason of crash?.

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