flight recorder


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The other flight recorder, presumably the one whose recovery was announced on Sunday, is used to store information about the plane’s motion, speed, altitude and mechanical performance. New York Times, 27 Mar. 2022 On Friday, several Chinese media outlets mistakenly reported that searchers had found the second flight recorder. New York Times, 27 Mar. 2022 Hundreds of people in rain gear and rubber boots searched muddy, forested hills in southern China on Thursday for the second flight recorder from a jetliner that crashed with 132 people aboard. NBC News, 24 Mar. 2022 Accident investigators should be able to find more precise speed data from the jet’s flight recorder. Alan Levin And Mary Schlangenstein/bloomberg, Time, 23 Mar. 2022 The Times compares it to the flight recorder of a plane that records the craft’s final moments before crashing so that investigators can determine what went wrong. Outside Online, 28 Dec. 2021 Milan Prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano told reporters at the scene of the accident that the plane didn't send out an alarm and the flight recorder had been retrieved, the AP reported. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 4 Oct. 2021 Experts say that although an SUV like the Genesis has advanced computers and more pre-crash data are available, the computer data are not equivalent to the information on a jetliner’s flight recorder. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2021 The aircraft’s black box flight recorder was sent to Paris in June, where international investigators have been examining it. Bloomberg.com, 22 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flight recorder was in 1939

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“Flight recorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flight%20recorder. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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