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Published on Jun 8, 2009
(This Boing Boing Video episode made possible by WEPC.com).
Veteran space/aviation/tech reporter Miles O'Brien speaks with me about the role of technology in the recent Air France crash.
He answers a number of questions posed here on Boing Boing by commenters on our previous episodes: how "black boxes" work, why they're not built to float, whether they would be more effective if they streamed data constantly while in use, and whether more training in the "lower-tech" aspects of piloting could have helped.
Since we taped this two-way conversation on Friday, recovery teams off the coast of Brazil have recovered some 16 bodies, and wreckage from the crash.