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Question: If the "black box" flight recorder is never damaged during a plane crash, why isn't the whole airplane made out of that stuff?

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By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016-
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I am not an expert in the area. But if the plane is made of Black Box strength, it would probably be very heavy and uneconomical to operate, basically becomes a flying tank.

Worst of all, I believe the major objection would be that even if the seats and accessories can stand up to the disastrous impact, humans inside the flying black box cannot. So unfortunately we are back to square one.
[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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Someone at NTSB apparent replied "because the interstates aren't wide enough" implying that as mathpath says it would be so heavy you'd probably have to drive it not fly it.

The aircraft is made of light materials such as aluminum and plastic but the "black box" is made of quarter inch thick steel.
[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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It's a misnomer that black boxes (which are not black) are indestructable and never damaged. There are a few reported cases of the boxes not surviving impact or the fire which sometimes occours after a crash. They are designed to withstand impacts of 100 G, it is thought a human is capable of withstanding 20 G, so to build a plane like this, like others have said, would be impossible given the weight. Also the plane would survive the impact but the people inside still won't.
[d] By: Guest
Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016
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What is 1 + 100



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