Tragedy strikes the skies above Buffalo. Sadly there was a commercial plane crash. The first in over 2 years (not including the recent "landing" in the Hudson) but still jarring all the same. I've always wondered about those little black boxes that somehow make it through almost every plane crash. What are those things made of anyway? And if these boxes can make it through a horrific crash like this, why can we make airplanes out of that material?
By the above comment, I'm obviously not an engineer and the thought is probably absurd but something I've always wondered.