Wreckchasing Message Board
Register  |   |   |  Latest Topics
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment  
DaveTrojan

Avatar / Picture

Moderators
Registered:
Posts: 2,240
 #1 
2 dudes go on a legendary journey to recover a missing black box

http://thechive.com/2017/01/11/dudes-go-on-a-legendary-journey-to-recover-a-missing-black-box-27-photos/

dudes-go-on-a-legendary-journey-to-recover-a-missing-black-box-x-photos-25.jpg 



canyonair

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 352
 #2 
Unfortunately the international orange painted fragments are not from the FDR or CVR. The fragments are from one of two Recorder Containers. The magnetic tape spool is interesting, but even that appears to be too wide for the recorders in question.

My guess is the recorders are still there or they were recovered years ago by the Bolivian Government. Who's up for a climbing trip to Bolivia?

__________________
Research of historical civil and commercial aviation accidents and sites (1920s-1990s). http://www.lostflights.com
DaveTrojan

Avatar / Picture

Moderators
Registered:
Posts: 2,240
 #3 
I thought of that too, The data should be on a small tape that is encased in stainless steal box inside the the data recorder. they should not have been able to just find a tape reel laying around, but who knows. It was still an interesting story. 
Searchmaster

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 158
 #4 
There is a book, "Final Destination: Disaster", about this incident and it is a very disturbing read. The route had just been obtained from the Braniff failure and the crew was flying it for the first time without the equipment they needed. This book was written by an Eastern captain who lost friends in the crash.
DaveTrojan

Avatar / Picture

Moderators
Registered:
Posts: 2,240
 #5 

UPDATE: Decades Old Air Crash Mystery Relies On Amateur Sleuths

You were correct Canyonair!

The National Transportation Safety Board announced this week that parts of an Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 discovered by two Boston hikers on a trek in Bolivia did not advance the investigation into what caused the disaster. It did, however, determine that what was thought to be tape from the cockpit voice recorder was in fact, a VHS tape of a 1960s television show.

"Several metal fragments, one damaged spool of magnetic tape and two additional off-spool sections of magnetic tape," were examined by investigators after Dan Futrell and Isaac Stoner found them on the slope of Mt. Illimani in May of 2016. 

Futrell and Stoner began the search as an adventure, bringing Peter Frick-Wright, a reporter from Outside Magazine with them on the climb. They were searching for the airplane after learning about it doing a Wikipedia search.

Eastern Airlines Flight 980, slammed into a mountain on approach to La Paz on New Years Day 1985, killing all 29 on board. Official investigators in Bolivia and the United States made less-than-enthusiastic-efforts to find the black boxes. The final report issued by the Bolivian government simply explained that the plane deviated from the airway.

Story with pictures here

 http://www.forbes.com/sites/christinenegroni/2017/02/08/decades-old-air-crash-mystery-relies-on-amateur-sleuths/#64ba37d3565e

canyonair

Avatar / Picture

Registered:
Posts: 352
 #6 
I've been following this story when it became news in 2015. The orange painted debris they found was actually part of a flight recorder container and not part of either CVR or FDR. Looking at the tape spool, you could tell the magnetic tape was too wide to be from either recorder. The give away was the presence of the plastic take-up spool the recovered tape was wound on. Since both recorders used magnetic tape, one for data and one for audio, the actual data is recorded on a continuous loop so there is no take-up spool. Looks like a fun wreckchase and I bet any of us out there could probably come back with better results. I am wondering though, since these guys left Bolivia with recovered wreckage and without consulting the Bolivian officials of what they discovered, the crash site may be off limits to visitors now.

Attached Images
Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_6258.JPG, Views: 16, Size: 350.65 KB  Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_6260.JPG, Views: 16, Size: 769.86 KB  Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_6261.JPG, Views: 16, Size: 396.26 KB  Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_6263.JPG, Views: 15, Size: 201.36 KB  Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_6265.JPG, Views: 14, Size: 99.06 KB  Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_6266.JPG, Views: 17, Size: 99.46 KB  Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_6259.JPG, Views: 16, Size: 227.71 KB  Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_6262.JPG, Views: 15, Size: 128.21 KB  Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_6264.JPG, Views: 14, Size: 449.81 KB 

__________________
Research of historical civil and commercial aviation accidents and sites (1920s-1990s). http://www.lostflights.com

Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation: