The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) is campaigning for more technical data to be transmitted to a “virtual” black box when a flight gets into problems, following the first anniversary of the disappearance of flight MH370.
According to BALPA aircraft should be modified to send a burst of “vital technical data” from the cockpit as soon as the normal flight pattern is altered. BALPA say the virtual black box data would only be used to investigate serious safety incidents.
Any information transmitted would be saved virtually, so that in the event of a crash the data could provide a location and an early indication of the cause of crash, pending a full investigation using the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder.
Jim McAuslan BALPA general secretary said: “Being able to locate a crashed aircraft, understand what has gone wrong and stop it happening again is vital to making every flight safe. This would help to minimise the unacceptable anguish suffered by the families of the passengers and crew while they wait for information.”