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EU proposes tougher rules for black boxes

New standards will enhance range, extend battery life of flight recorders

[PARIS] Nearly two months after a Malaysian jetliner disappeared, Europe's aviation safety agency formally proposed a series of new measures aimed at improving the chances of finding the flight recorders of aircraft that crash at sea.

The proposals include tougher standards that would enhance the range and triple the required battery life for flight recorders, also known as black boxes, to 90 days from 30 days, and would extend the recording time on cockpit voice recorders to 20 hours from today's...

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