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Photos: Retrieving data from the cockpit

Today's black boxes are designed to survive the fiery temperatures and intense pressures of a crash.
By Bill Detwiler, Contributor
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L3 Communications flight data recorder

A cutaway view of the solid-state flight data recorder sold by L3 Communications.

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New Jersey black boxes

Black boxes recovered from an accident in New Jersey involving a corporate jet earlier this year.

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Flight 261 data recorder

Representatives from the National Transportation Safety Board and Alaska Airlines prepare the flight data recorder from Flight 261 after it was recovered by a Navy submersible in 2000.

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Flight 5966 cockpit recorder

The cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder from American Connection flight 5966, which crashed in 2004, after being opened to access the recordings.

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