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So THAT'S How Airplane Black Boxes Work

With a black box, experts can pretty much recreate a whole flight.

After the terrible event of a plane crash, an airplane's black box can deliver critical, game-changing clues about what exactly happened aboard the flight.

And as it turns out, these wreck-proof feats of engineering are capable of more than we ever imagined.

What the general public calls a "black box" is actually two separate orange flight recorders: one that contains some 25 hours of flight data, and another with two hours of sound from the cockpit. Learn more about how they work -- and how they survive -- in the video above from Vox.