The Australian inventor of the black box flight data recorder, David Warren, has died aged 85.
Dr Warren, who died on Monday at a Melbourne nursing home, was involved in investigating the crash in 1953 of the world’s first commercial jet airliner, the Comet, as it was en route to Australia.
The challenge of determining the causes of the accident led him to the idea of a recording device that could withstand a crash where there were no survivors and no witnesses.
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