A final answer can come only from the black box, wherever in the ocean it now lies.
As they continue the search, Clive Irving explains why the black box might be a moot point—and why Airbus is worried.
And now we apparently have another major air disaster requiring the familiar saga of pursuing the black box wherever it lies.
1947, RAF slang for "navigational instruments;" later extended to any sort of apparatus that operates in a sealed container. Especially of flight recorders from c.1964.
A crash-resistant steel container that holds instruments that record performance data in airplanes. The data are used to analyze the causes of accidents.
Secrecy; classified material; intelligence interests: I suspected the project might involve secret military operations. ''I knew there was black box involved with it''/ A highly confidential annex, placed in a black box, contains selected ''raw material''
[1970s+; fr the use by British intelligence agencies of a black box for highly secret material for the prime minister and the defense and foreign secretaries]