by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: As of March 31st, 2015… they are “still looking for the flight data recorder” or more specifically, the data disks that had been removed.
UPDATE: Oh God, now they’re trying to say he was a closeted homosexual sitting on a “mountain of drugs” even though he was living with his real girlfriend (not the lyin skank who claimed he wanted the world to know his name) and she is reportedly pregnant. Not to mention the fact that pilots are routinely drug tested. Wow. They will do ANYTHING to maintain that “crazed lone gunman” story.
The other day I wrote a brief article about the president of France telling the media at a news conference that the all important Flight Data Recorder had been found but that the memory disks were “missing”
I cited three articles from news websites that confirmed his report.
Today the MSM has also confirmed this story via the Guardian with very little fanfare, almost making light of the fact that the black box was apparently opened and the memory disks removed.
“Rescuers are still, however, to locate the plane’s second black box — its flight data recorder — six days after the Barcelona to Düsseldorf flight crashed into a rocky ravine at 435 miles (700km) per hour.”
“The black box, which is actually orange and weighs around 10kg, was originally in a protective casing, but only the empty casing has been found.” Guardian
It’s important to understand the construction of this piece of equipment and the kind of testing they are put through in order to ensure they survive any type of crash so investigators can know exactly what happened to the plane.
To that end I am going to repost an update I put on an earlier article which gives all that information and provides a graphic diagram of a typical modern flight data recorder (H/T WRH)
All of that information is after the break.
UPDATE: Over at What Really Happened someone posted a link to this article along with a very helpful graphic showing a cut-away version of a modern flight data recorder. It’s very helpful when trying to understand just how ridiculous the missing data disks story really is. These things are made to withstand impacts much greater than any a plane could suffer without breaking apart and losing the disks.
As stated over at WRH, it’s not like the memory card in your phone or your camera that just eject and the push of a button.
“The above is a diagram of a modern Digital Flight Recorder. It does not have a memory card like you would find in your camera or smart device, for the simple reason such cards could be dislodged in a crash. As you can see, there are multiple memory chips attached directly to circuit cards in a stack inside an armored casing. The memory system makes multiple copies of all data to preserve vital information even if one of two chips are destroyed by the impact. If the memory is no longer inside the recovered Digital Flight Recorder it is because someone intentionally removed it.” WRH
In terms of the testing they go through, here is an explanation from a website which details all the tests they are put through.
- Crash impact – Researchers shoot the CSMU down an air cannon to create an impact of 3,400 Gs (1 G is the force of Earth’s gravity, which determines how much something weighs). At 3,400 Gs, the CSMU hits an aluminum honeycomb target at a force equal to 3,400 times its weight. This impact force is equal to or in excess of what a recorder might experience in an actual crash.
- Pin drop – To test the unit’s penetration resistance, researchers drop a 500-pound (227-kilogram) weight with a 0.25-inch (0.64-centimeter) steel pin protruding from the bottom onto the CSMU from a height of 10 feet (3 meters). This pin, with 500 pounds behind it, impacts the CSMU cylinder’s most vulnerable axis.
- Static crush – For five minutes, researchers apply 5,000 pounds per square-inch (psi) of crush force to each of the unit’s six major axis points.
As you can see, the story of this thing breaking open and losing the data disks is ridiculous. Someone with a very simple tool simply opened it and removed them.
When you combine this unbelievable story of the missing data disks with the fact that they are rushing to blame the co-pilot for this crash due to a bout of depression he suffered years ago (Police Deny Reports of Finding Germanwings Co-Pilot Suicide Evidence ) and the fact that they lied about him being able to “lock out” the pilot from the cockpit, you have to seriously wonder about what happened to Germanwings 9525 and conclude the same as I did from the start: