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Mar 27, 2015

A History of Black Boxes

A History of Black Boxes

With the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 the black box is again a hot topic. This box with sounds and voices must give an answer in the investigation of the cause why the plane plunged into an Apine mountainside, killing all 150 on board. A horrible answer in this case, because it was the intention of the 28 year-old German Andreas G√ľnter Lubitz to destroy the plane. In this gallery the development of flight recorder or 'black boxes' since the 1950s.

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A combination picture showing the development of flight recorders or 'black boxes' since the 1950's. STAFF/REUTERS

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A Deployable Flight Incident Recorder Unit is pictured at the DRS Technologies facilities in Carleton Place CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS

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An employee of Germany's Bundesamt fuer Fluguntersuchung BFU removes a flight recorder from a cupboard at their headquarters in Braunschweig WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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Solid-state data and voice recorders of different models are seen at Germany's Bundesamt fuer Fluguntersuchung BFU at their headquarters in Braunschweig WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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An employee of Germany's Bundesamt fuer Fluguntersuchung BFU holds a historic and partly burned tape-based voice recorder at their headquarters in Braunschweig WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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An employee of Germany's Bundesamt fuer Fluguntersuchung BFU (German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation) holds a Russian-made historic tape-based voice recorder at their headquarters in Braunschweig WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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An employee of Germany's Bundesamt fuer Fluguntersuchung BFU holds a historic and partly burned tape-based voice recorder at their headquarters in Braunschweig WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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A historic steel-foil-based data recorder is seen at Germany's Bundesamt fuer Fluguntersuchung BFU at their headquarters in Braunschweig March 20, 2015. WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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Undated photo shows a cockpit controller for an early 1990s Loral Cockpit Voice Recorder HANDOUT/Reuters

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Undated photo shows early 1990s Loral type F1000 Flight Data Recorder HANDOUT/Reuters

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Undated photo shows a 1954 prototype for a General Mills Ryan Recorder HANDOUT/Reuters

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Undated photo shows a 1958 Ryan-type Lockheed Flight Data Recorder HANDOUT/Reuters

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A historic tape-based and partly burned voice recorder is seen at Germany's Bundesamt fuer Fluguntersuchung BFU (German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation) at their headquarters in Braunschweig WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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An employee of Germany's Bundesamt fuer Fluguntersuchung BFU holds a voice recorder, an up-to-date model by L-3 Aviation Products that is used in Boeing and Airbus aircraft, at their headquarters in Braunschweig WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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An employee of Germany's Bundesamt fuer Fluguntersuchung BFU holds a voice recorder, an up-to-date model by Honeywell that is used in Boeing and Airbus aircraft, at their headquarters in Braunschweig WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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An employee of Germany's BFU holds a L-3 Aviation Systems data recorder at their headquarters in Braunschweig WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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An employee of Germany's Bundesamt fuer Fluguntersuchung BFU holds a cockpit voice recorder, an up-to-date model by L-3 Aviation Products that is used in Boeing and Airbus aircraft, at their headquarters in Braunschweig WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS

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A flight data recorder from crashed Mig-23 figter jet is seen in private aviation museum in the village of Zruc DAVID W CERNY/REUTERS

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A flight data recorder from an unknown public transport aircraft is seen in private aviation museum in the village of Zruc, near Plzen DAVID W CERNY/REUTERS

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A flight data recorder from an unknown public transport aircraft is seen in private aviation museum in the village of Zruc, near Plzen DAVID W CERNY/REUTERS

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