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POSTED | 9:06 AM | 07-05-2014

Europe to tighten black box rules

Europe's aviation watchdog has announced new proposals to make it easier to find flight recorders, known as black boxes, from missing planes. The plans include extending the transmission time of underwater locating devices fitted on the black boxes from 30 to 90 days.

The move comes in response to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on 8 March. The aircraft vanished en route to Beijing, with 239 people on board.

The plane lost contact with air traffic controllers over the South China Sea, some seven hours after it took off from Kuala Lumpur. Based on satellite data, the plane ended its journey in the sea far west of the Australian city of Perth.

It is not yet known what caused the aircraft to fly so far off course. Finding its “black box” flight recorders is seen as key to understanding what happened.

As part of the measures, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said large aeroplanes flying over oceans should be equipped with a new pinger frequency, making it easier to locate the recording devices under water.

In addition, the minimum recording duration of cockpit voice recorders installed on new planes should be increased from two to 20 hours.

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