CONFUSION : If the "black box" flight recorder is never damaged during plane crash then why isn't the whole plane made of the same material?


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Most Helpful Girl

  • The thing is, black boxes are kept inside the plane. It's not just the material that's important. The location of the black box matters too. Since the black box is small, the body of the plane serves as a protective layer against impact. Think of it as the plane being a giant box, protecting the small black box. Without the aircraft frame, the black box is susceptible to damage too. Also, the kind of material used to make the black box is extremely solid and heavy, to make it more durable. To apply such a dense material to the structure of the plane will make it almost impossible for the plane to fly. Also, being small, the black box will not disintegrate easily, as opposed to the large surface area of the plane's body. An analogy would be chocolate; a small cube of chocolate fresh from the fridge is difficult to break into pieces, but a large bar of chocolate is easily broken.

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What Girls Said 1

  • maybe it's too heavy or too expensive or soemthing... not sure

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What Guys Said 6

  • "Aerospace engineers discovered that, after a plane crash, the only thing that always survives intact is a cute little doll. They built Starbug out of the same stuff." - Lister, RD 0601, "Psirens"
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  • Weight issue.

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  • Uh black boxes are usually kept in protected and secured areas within a plane that's why they generally are not destroyed.

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    • Why isn't the whole plane have same kinda material which is safe as the area you mentioned for passengers

    • -sigh- it's not the material that makes the box protected it's were it is in the plane which is in a compartment in the tail section of a plane because that is the part to take the least amount of damage and has the highest chance of survival. Also black boxes are made out of the same stuff planes are made out of.

  • I think there is a weight issue

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  • Because it is expensive.

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  • It would probably be too heavy to fly.

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