EMILIANO SALA: BLACK BOX BLOW!

EMILIANO SALA: BLACK BOX BLOW!

The missing plane carrying Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala is unlikely to have been fitted with a flight recorder, according to the UK’s aviation regulator.

So-called black boxes which record flight data and cockpit audio are mandatory in airliners and business jets, and are a vital tool for crash investigators.

But they are not mandatory for light aircraft such as the US-registered Piper Malibu plane, which went missing over the Channel on Monday night.

A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority said the plane is “unlikely” to have been fitted with a black box.

The weight of the recorders is one of the reasons why they are not normally used by light aircraft manufacturers.

But it is a legal requirement for European aircraft to carry an emergency transmitter to aid search and rescue operations.

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