Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane Crashes
The black box is orange—and there are actually two of them. They house the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder, instruments vital to airplane crash analyses.
But accident investigators cannot rely on the black boxes alone. Beginning with the 1931 Fokker F-10A crash that killed legendary football coach Knute Rockne, this fascinating book provides a behind-the-scenes look at plane wreck investigations. Professor George Bibel shows how forensic experts, scientists, and engineers analyze factors like impact, debris, loading, fire patterns, metallurgy, fracture, crash testing, and human tolerances to determine why planes fall from the sky—and how the information gleaned from accident reconstruction is incorporated into aircraft design and operation to keep commercial aviation as safe as possible.
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Review: Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane CrashesUser Review - John - Goodreads
Not a bad basic overview of the physics of flight Read full review
Review: Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane CrashesUser Review - Brent - Goodreads
I still refer back to the stories and lessons learned from this very good book. If you want to know why airplanes are made the way they are for commercial aviation and survivability this book is for you the general reader. Read full review
The Crash Investigation Process
How Planes Often Crash
Pressure Explosive Decompression and Burst Balloons
Jet Propulsion Burst Engines and Reliability
Metal Fatigue Bending 777s and Paper Clips
Combustion Fire and Explosion