Will the black box tell the story?

DUBAI - At around 2pm on Tuesday the "cockpit voice recorder" or the Black Box as it is officially known was recovered and placed near the crash site with security men keeping a hawk's eye over it.

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Published: Wed 11 Feb 2004, 12:12 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:40 PM

It is the Black Box, which is actually orange in colour could reveal what exactly happened on the fatal flight. It's painted orange to enable investigators to locate it quickly. Dr David Warren of the Aeronautical Research Laboratories in Melbourne, Australia, invented the "Black Box" flight data recorder. He was the first person to conceive of the idea of recording the flight crew's conversation on an aeroplane and of protecting that recording in the event of a crash or fire.

The purpose of the Black Box was to help identify the reasons for a plane crash, by recording any clues in the flight crew's conversation. The Black Box was invented in 1953 and went into production by 1957. In 1960, Australia became the first country to make flight recorders mandatory in aircraft.

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