What is the maximum depth the "black box" can emit signal?

  • What is the maximum depth the "black box" can emit signal? danny

    This is related to the recent disappearance and the fact that some claim the plane's black box to be deeply under water and that's why it cannot be located

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  • This is related to the recent disappearance and the fact that some claim the plane's black box to be deeply under water and that's why it cannot be located

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