Summer is an ideal time for travel, and one of the main options of transportation is flight. In fact, almost half of the world’s population has flown in an airplane. However, many have been concerned about the safety of opting for a plane. EgyptAir Flight 804 was heading from Paris, France, to Cairo, Egypt, in May 2016. It had just left Greek airspace, when entering Egyptian airspace, Greek officials say the jet swerved and plummeted into the Mediterranean Sea. The EgyptAir Flight 804 is thought to have fallen in between the Greek island of Crete and the coastal city of Alexandria, Egypt.
American, French, Greek, and Egyptian officials, experts and search parties were soon on the scene. In the aftermath of a plane crash, the number one concern is the search for survivors. But at a close second is the search for the Black Box.
The Black Box’s name is a bit misleading, for it’s made up of two boxes which are both actually orange. One is the Flight Data Recorder, and the other is the Cockpit Voice Recorder. The Cockpit Voice Recorder contains the recordings of the voices of the crew and back round noises in the cockpit. If there were any problems in the cockpit, it can provide information. The Flight Data recorder gathers twenty-five hours of technical information from the plane. The Black Box can contain this data for up to two years, but the officials want to know what happened. In the water, the Black Box has a signaling device that gives off one pinging noise per minute. This signaling device is activated the second the Black Box hits the water, but on land, there is no signaling device.
Search parties must dig through the wreckage until they find the Black Box. Many officials have guessed that the plane crashed due to a loss of fuel, stalling or even terrorism, but none of this can be confirmed until the contents of the Black Box is found. CNN states that as we move towards the second half of 2016, it’s shaping out to be one of the safest years in recent aviation history. Geoffrey Thomas, an aviation expert said, “We are ahead of the 10-year average with eight accidents and 167 fatalities compared to the average of 10 accidents and 205 fatalities.” Although many are worried about airspace and travel, numerous amounts of people still carry on with daily trips. In fact, many DECATS students are traveling overseas during the summer. Even from this recent incident, travel still must continue.
Written by: Alexandra Gajak, Reporter