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List of unrecovered flight recorders
« on: July 23, 2017, 11:18:58 PM »
List of Unrecovered Flight Recorders

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Flight data recorders (FDRs) and cockpit voice recorders (CVRs) in commercial aircraft continuously record information and can provide key evidence in determining the causes of an aircraft loss. The greatest depth from which a flight recorder has been recovered is 16,000 feet (4,900 m) the CVR of South African Airways Flight 295.

Recovered recorders are not always able to definitively identify, however, the causes of an accident. Recorders successfully recovered can be too damaged to be read, or may have missing data caused by power loss, as with TWA Flight 800, American Airlines Flight 77, and Swissair Flight 111. In the bombing of TWA Flight 841 on 8 September 1974, neither the FDR nor CVR were recovered from the Ionian Sea, despite the locations being narrowed down through the use of the attached Underwater locator beacons (known as "pingers").

Date of Crash
Flight No.
Plane Type
Presumed Location
8/16/1965389United AirlinesBoeing 727-22Lake Michigan, off Chicago, IllinoisResting in 76 m (249 ft) of water; FDR recording media never found[1]
5/2/1970980ALMDouglas DC-9-33CFCaribbean SeaResting in 5,000 ft (1,500 m) of water; neither recorder found[2]
6/29/1972290North Central AirlinesConvair CV-580Lake Winnebago, near Appleton, WisconsinAn estimated 50% to 60% of the wreckage was recovered from the shallow, muddy water. The FDR was recovered in good condition, but the CVR was never found.
7/22/1973816Pan American World AirwaysBoeing 707-321BPacific Ocean, off Papeete, TahitiResting in 700 m (2,300 ft) of water; neither recorder found[3]
9/30/1975240MalévTupolev Tu-154Near the Lebanese shorelineResting in between 600 and 1,000 m (2,000 and 3,300 ft) of water[4]
1/30/1979cargoVarig aircraft PP-VLUBoeing 707-323Cin the Pacific Ocean, around 200 kilometers East Northeast from Tokyo, JapanThe aircraft debris were never located and thus, neither the CVR and FDR was found and the cause of the crash was never determined.[5]
1/1/1985980Eastern Air LinesBoeing 727-22525 nmi (46 km) from La Paz at the 19,600 ft (5,970 m) level of Andean peak Mt. Illimani.Due to the extreme high altitude and inaccessibility of the accident location, the FDR and CVR were not recovered at the time.[6] A team of 3 men claimed in 2016 to have recovered the remains of the CVR and parts of the FDR.[7] Due to Bolivia remaining the country officially in charge of the investigation, the NTSB was unable to claim the components until January 4, 2017, after Bolivia officially requested assistance from the NTSB in December of 2016.[8] On 7 February 2017, the NTSB released a statement, according to which what had been found was not the cockpit flight recorder, but rather the rack that had fixed it on to the plane - and [a] promising spool of tape turned out to be 'an 18-minute recording of the Trial by Treehouse episode of the television series I Spy, dubbed in Spanish. [9][10]
11/28/1987295South African AirwaysBoeing 747-244B CombiIndian Ocean, near MauritiusCVR located at 4,900 m (16,100 ft); FDR not found.
11/29/1987858Korean AirBoeing 707-3B5CAndaman SeaNeither flight recorder was ever found.[11]   
7/3/1988655Iran AirAirbus 300Persian GulfNeither flight recorder was ever found.[12]
3/10/19891363Air OntarioFokker F28-1000Dryden, OntarioCVR and FDR destroyed by post-crash fire,   
10/4/19921862El Al Israel AirlinesBoeing 747-258FGroeneveen and Klein-Kruitberg flats in the Bijlmermeer, Amsterdam ZuidoostOne Black Box was found. The tape was broken in 4 pieces. The last 2:45 minutes were unreadable.[13]
9/11/200111American AirlinesBoeing 767-223ERNorth World Trade Center, New York City[14]
9/11/2001175United AirlinesBoeing 767-222South World Trade Center, New York City[14]   
10/4/20011812Siberia AirlinesTupolev Tu-154Black SeaNeither flight recorder found. Main fuselage of the aircraft, believed to contain the recorder, was believed to be at depth of 1,000 metres - too deep for divers to retrieve.[15]
5/25/2003N844AAN/ABoeing 727Luanda, AngolaPlane missing along with pilot Ben Charles Padilla and John Mikel Mutantu
10/14/20041602MK AirlinesBoeing 747-244(SF)Halifax, Nova ScotiaFDR recovered; CVR mutilated in post crash fire
10/22/2005210Bellview AirlinesBoeing 737-200Lisa Village, Ogun, NigeriaFDR was never found   
7/28/2011991Asiana AirlinesBoeing 747-400FKorea StraitNeither flight recorder was ever found.   
12/9/2012N345MCPrivateLearjet 25Iturbide, MexicoCVR and FDR destroyed upon high speed impact   
3/8/2014370Malaysia AirlinesBoeing 777-2H6ERSouth Indian OceanPlane and all 239 passengers and crew missing
CVR missing; FDR missing
Search for debris and recorders suspended 2017-01-17


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