Black Box of crashed Air India Express flight found

Indian authorities found the Black Box – cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder of the Air India Express plane that crashed in the southern India state of Kerala, killing at least 18 people.

The flight IX 1344 coming from Dubai.

There were 174 passengers, 10 infants, two pilots and five cabin crew members on board the aircraft.

The impact broke the plane in two.

The flight was a repatriation flight operated by the government to bring back Indians stranded abroad home amid the worldwide travel restrictions due to the ongoing pandemic.

Kozhikode has a table-top airport, a challenge for air crew during difficult landings as they typically have steep drops at one or both ends of the runway.

Both the pilots were among the dead. Nearly 150 people are being treated in hospital.

Why is the black box important?

The black box – a Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and a Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) – stores hundreds of data-points, including information about an aircraft’s performance, speed, braking and system status, as well as records of conversations between the pilots.

These will be critical in helping aviation investigators understand what happened moment before the fatal crash.