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So is there a provision to turn off the black boxes? If not, how do they get around the fire danger?
Simple answer, fire. Fire on a plane is ridiculously dangerous. There are cases when something has shorted and cutting the power, either through the off switch or circuit breaker stops the fire danger.
reply to post by soulwaxer
SwissAir 111 had smoke in the cockpit/cabin before they had a fire warning. The fire in the IFE system eventually killed everyone on board when the plane slammed into the ocean.
Sometimes by the time you have an actual fire it's far too late.
reply to post by shappy
You know it's bad when the military bans it from use. I'll be glad when the last of that crap is gone. Whoever certified it for aircraft needs to be shot (yes that's being facetious).
Why is the transponder able to be turned off by the pilot ?
Would it not make since to have it so it cannot be turned off or tampered with in any way ?