• EURO AGENCY URGES BLACK BOX LIFE EXTENSION

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    PARIS: The European Aviation Safety Agency called on Tuesday for the transmission time of tracking beacons fitted onto black box flight recorders to be extended from 30 to 90 days, a reform that may have made it easier to find the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. The aircraft disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board, and an intense search for the plane has been scaled back after coming up with nothing despite an air and sea hunt over 4.64 million square kilometers of the southern Indian Ocean. Part of the problem is that the batteries to the beacons fitted onto the so-called “black box” cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder—which are crucial in locating a plane and determining what caused it to crash—have died, making the search even more difficult.

    AFP

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