Black Box Data Detector: Why Did It Take So Long?

By: Toni Matthews-El - March 30, 2014

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing on the morning of March 8th. Nearly three weeks later, a warship equipped with a black box detector will be used to attempt to find the missing plane. It comes by way of the United States.

For those who have been following the increasingly bewildering and frustrating search for the missing jetliner, the first question that comes to mind would have to be, “It took you THIS long?!”

Weeks were spent flying over the area or diverting ships to search much of the Indian Ocean. There’s no telling what the final cost will be even if at some point a search is called off.

And after all of the man hours that have been spent, we’re just now starting to look for the black box?

The delay for deploying the use of such vital recovery technology is mind-bogglingly frustrating to say the least. It certainly adds to the anger expressed by citizens over the lack of transparency and efficiency in how the matter has been handled thus far.

Even though it is easy to argue that the use of such a device is long overdue, it’s also possible there were many constraints that stood in the way of allowing such an item to be made available.

At the same time, the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is making it clear just how many changes need to be made in how information and resources are used for these type of large-scale missions.

Open ommunication between government organizations and the upfront acknowledgement of available resources is key.

The black box detector will be carried to the search area by way of Australian navy ship, the Ocean Shield. It’s expected the vessel will take approximately three to four days to arrive in the designated search area.

Despite objects being recovered from and spotted in the ocean, there is no definite connection that has been established to the missing Boeing 777.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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Toni Matthews-ElToni Matthews-El hails from the land of chunked pumpkins and people who come to a complete stop before making any and every turn. When she isn't contributing articles to WebProNews, she spends her time freelance writing, cheering Liverpool FC, and enjoying life as a hair flower connoisseur. Disclaimer: Written opinions do not necessarily reflect that of WebProNews or its affiliates

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  • E. T. Grey

    Where is the Malaysian black box detector They have commercial airlines. Do they just expect the US and UK to find their planes when they go missing?

    • faggg

      Makes you realize how easy it would be for us to just conquer these places, doesn’t it?

      Maybe they ought to play a little more nice with us, in the future, eh?

      • Mister Z

        your name suits you.

  • THEBARON3

    YOU MEAN NOBODY THOUGHT OF USING A BLACK BOX DETECTOR UNTIL NOW – SOMETHING IS FISH

    • Marco

      The black box detector only works over a short distance, about 3 miles. The NEW search area for the plane is 150,000 square miles, about the size of California. And the Indian Ocean is over 2 miles deep. So a ship would practically need to be on top of the thing, which isn’t going to happen. That’s why they didn’t send one earlier. THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHERE TO SEND IT.

  • Veggigirl

    Is no one really thinking that this is all being done with intent? To cover shit up and prolong it till whatever the end result it supposed to look like? So far, this looks like an intelligently planned conspiracy and everything is being done in the exact order that was pre-planned, who knows how long ago. I bet you none of this is not part of a plan. Why? Not sure bout that part yet. I do not put anything past any government or the military to cover up.

  • Marco

    The black box detector only works over a short distance, about 3 miles.
    The NEW search area for the plane is 150,000 square miles, about the
    size of California. And the Indian Ocean is over 2 miles deep. So a ship
    would practically need to be on top of the thing, which isn’t going to
    happen. That’s why they didn’t send one earlier. THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHERE
    TO SEND IT.