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why does the black box flight recorder sit at the back of an aircraft?

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So that they can survive any crash. The Flight Data Recorder (FDR) or the "black box" is designed to withstand various impacts. It must also eject from the airplane before an impact. The "Black Box" is also painted INTERNATIONAL ORANGE for easy identification among debris. Therefore, for ease of ejection and identification, the black box is located at the back of the airplane. 

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