Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane Crashes
The black box is orange'and there are actually two of them. Theyhouse the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder,instruments vital to airplane crash analyses.But accidentinvestigators cannot rely on the black boxes alone. Beginning withthe 1931 Fokker F-10A crash that killed legendary football coachKnute Rockne, this fascinating book provides a behind-the-sceneslook at plane wreck investigations. Professor George Bibel showshow forensic experts, scientists, and engineers analyze factorslike impact, debris, loading, fire patterns, metallurgy, fracture,crash testing, and human tolerances to determine why planes fallfrom the sky'and how the information gleaned from accidentreconstruction is incorporated into aircraft design and operationto keep commercial aviation as safe as possible.