DANA Air mishap: Crashed plane's black box found

The plane’s black box has just been recovered from the rubble of the aircraft. It was found at 2.30 p.m. local time.

After the device was recovered by rescue workers and investigators, an argument arose between the Accident Investigation Bureau and the police over who would take custody of the black box.

DANA Air mishap: Crashed plane's black box found

After a heated argument, the confusion was later resolved with the AIB taking possession of the device. 

"You people have no business with the box," a defiant Emmanuel Diala, leader of the AIB team, told the police.

After frantic phone calls, apparently to higher authorities by both sides, the box was conceded to the AIB.

A police officer suggested they accompany the black box "wherever it goes."

After taking possession of the box, Mr. Diala, who immediately left with the box said "the investigation has just begun." 

The police later went back to keeping hoodlums away from the crash site.

According to Wikipedia, a black box, in aviation parlance, is an audio or data recording device in an airplane or helicopter.

The cockpit voice recorder records the conversation of the pilots and the flight data recorder logs information about controls and sensors, so that in the event of an accident, investigators can use the recordings to assist in the investigation.

Although called “black box”, they are actually bright orange, to facilitate their being found after a crash.





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  • Akowe

    You said “they are actually bright orange,” but the picture of the device contradicts that.

    • Royal Josh

      It cannot remain black after fire must have burnt around it.

    • Hcredo

      What do you expect after it has gone through an inferno. If the plane crashed in the sea or jungle, that is when the orange colour becomes useful in locating the device.

  • Truth

    I hope Nigerian factor would not come to play during the investigation.The airline shall buy itself out as usual……