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Europe draws up tougher black box rules after MH370 mystery

Published on May 6, 2014 8:34 PM
 
Royal New Zealand Air Force Captain Flight Lieutenant Timothy McAlevey sits in the cockpit of a P3 Orion maritime search aircraft as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 on April 11, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (REUTERS) - European safety officials on Tuesday proposed tougher rules for 'black box' flight recorders in the strongest regulatory reaction yet to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said it would propose increasing the recording time on cockpit voice recorders to 20 hours from two to make it easier to understand plane accidents and prevent vital evidence being overwritten.

Newly published proposals would also bring into force recommendations made by French crash investigators after the loss of an Air France jet in the Atlantic in 2009, but which remain bogged down in talks among regulators.

These include the addition of a new pinger frequency making it easier to locate the recording devices under water, where lower frequencies travel further.

 
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