flight recorder


Definition of flight recorder

: a crashworthy instrument for recording flight data (such as airspeed and altitude)

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Investigators in Europe will examine the Ethiopia Airline's flight recorder and voice data black boxes in the coming days, in an effort to determine if the two disasters are linked by a common flaw. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The United States Grounds All Boeing 737 Max 8 And 9 Jets," 13 Mar. 2019 Parts of the jet's tailfin were recovered shortly after the crash, and in early May pieces of its flight recorder and cockpit canopy were lifted from the ocean floor. Brad Lendon And Yoko Wakatsuki, CNN, "Japan F-35 fighter crash: Pilot suffered 'spatial disorientation'," 10 June 2019 According to flight recorder data obtained by Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT), the pilots failed to deactivate a faulty safety system used to point the aircraft's nose downward to avert stalling. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Lion Air Pilots Tried to Override Technical Glitch Before Fatal Crash," 28 Nov. 2018 Specialist ships and remotely operated underwater vehicles have been deployed to search for the plane’s hull and flight recorders. Stephen Wright, The Seattle Times, "Previous flight of crashed Lion Air jet terrified passengers," 30 Oct. 2018 They are meant to inflict maximum pain on the Republican heartland, including recreational power boats made in Tennessee, digital flight recorders made in Arizona and playing cards made in Kentucky. Jack Ewing And Ana Swanson, New York Times, "U.S. Allies Brace for Trade War as Tariff Negotiations Stall," 29 Apr. 2018 Moscow has not yet returned the plane’s wreckage or the flight recorders. Washington Post, "Poland marks 8th anniversary of president’s death in Russia," 10 Apr. 2018 Physical evidence collected by investigators, along with radar track and flight recorder data, pointed to the use of a specific warhead type associated with Buk surface-to-air missiles. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russian unit, GRU officer linked to 2014 shoot-down of airliner over Ukraine," 25 May 2018 Investigators, who are still trying to find out why the aging Boeing 737 went down, announced Saturday that the jet’s flight recorder had been recovered. Azam Ahmed, BostonGlobe.com, "Crash of old jet reflects a Cuban airline in crisis," 19 May 2018

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1939, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of flight recorder

: a device on an aircraft that records information (such as airspeed and altitude) about a flight

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