Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane Crashes by George Bibel

By George Bibel

The black field is orange -- and there are literally of them. They condo the cockpit voice recorder and the flight information recorder, tools very important to plane crash analyses.But twist of fate investigators can't depend upon the black packing containers on my own. starting with the 1931 Fokker F-10A crash that killed mythical soccer trainer Knute Rockne, this interesting publication offers a behind-the-scenes examine airplane destroy investigations. Professor George Bibel exhibits how forensic specialists, scientists, and engineers study elements like influence, particles, loading, fireplace styles, metallurgy, fracture, crash trying out, and human tolerances to figure out why planes fall from the sky -- and the way the knowledge gleaned from twist of fate reconstruction is integrated into plane layout and operation to maintain advertisement aviation as secure as attainable.

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A Boeing study of all airplane accidents from 1953 to 2003 gives a breakdown of accident rates by phases of flight. Boeing defines an accident as an event involving hull loss or fatal injury. 2. Phases of flight are important pilot designations. For example, the distinction between descent, initial approach, and final approach is pilot jargon specific to the plane and airport. Different aircraft will have different approach requirements to safely clear obstacles unique to a given airport. The approach speed will even vary for the same aircraft type because of variations in fuel, passenger, and cargo weights.

These numbers seem too pessimistic, however, because accidents serious enough to destroy the plane often result in zero or low fatalities. This fact raises two questions: (1) how should the statistics be interpreted, and (2) what is a serious accident? Another approach to evaluating crash data is to look at “total hull loss” accidents, or accidents in which the aircraft is damaged beyond economic repair. As an example, consider the hull loss data for McDonnell Douglas DC-10s over a 34-year-period from 1972 to 2007.

0693 *The weight of the plane is reduced slightly by lift from the wings, making the braking force slightly less than the coefficient of friction times the weight of the plane. The lift at this point is minimal because the spoilers are raised to “spoil” the lift. 7. The difficult part of that analysis was predicting how the various forces changed at different aircraft speeds. How Planes (Often) Crash For a variety of flight control reasons, a plane can hit the ground with any orientation. 20 Consider a plane flying with a horizontal speed relative to the ground.

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