When investigators try to discover what caused an airliner to
crash, the first thing they hope to find are the flight data recorders,
popularly known as “black boxes”. These devices, usually painted bright
orange, record how the aircraft was flying and the last 30 minutes or so
of conversation in the cockpit. The information extracted from them has
helped to determine the cause of air crashes and to improve aviation
safety. Similar recording systems are fitted to some trains, ships and
lorries. Now a bill in America’s Congress seeks to make it compulsory
for data recorders to be fitted to all cars by 2015. The idea is that data captured by the recorders would give
investigators and road-safety officials a better understanding of how
certain crashes come about. Internet: <www.economist.com> (adapted).
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Seldom are flight data recorders — popularly known as “black
boxes” — painted orange.