NTSB Forensics Engineer Describes Process of Recovering Flight Data

Officials explain what may limit them from recovering flight recorder data from a crashed plane.
3:00 | 03/29/14

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This is one of the more advanced labs in the world and for that reason that's why we tend to help other countries. As I said about 13 of the recorders -- Come through this land are in support of other countries -- investigations. There are other capable investigation. Investigative groups with laboratories. Of similar sorts of capabilities. The French be a his is -- is a good example of that. Total I mean give me a sense of 5610. Government doesn't he like a handful -- -- this capable and then they think capabilities on. There's capabilities to do. Read outs but when you start talking about damage and you start talking about salt water some version and fire exposure and all those sorts of things and you're getting down. To the chip level recovery there's only a few laboratories that have that capability. -- are usually always successful in getting -- recorders. Fire went when they exposed rate there are about -- apartments for fire so there's a low. Temperature fire and -- -- -- fire. We have had cases where -- crashed in remote areas and the fire has been for an extended period of time to the point where it's passed what this viability standards are. Ultimately wants the recorder. We get the recorder to the lab our goal is to. Read out the data from each of the recorders. And get information back into the investigators' hands within 24 hours. So work on that basically nonstop until the data the initial data gets put out and then we'll continue to work -- calls for a matter of of weeks. Following the initial work so we've gone far beyond the ability to just simply. Download an intact recorder. We can and often do you get right down to the damage memory chips themselves. Repairing those chips. And getting data now. Through a variety of -- Specialized equipment that we have a land and you you see that in there.

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