Re: Looking for what isn't there?
>what I absolutely cannot understand is the crazy lack of continuous and uninterruptable remote telemetry from such planes.
Plane crashes are rare, fleets of satelites to continually relay data for perfectly normal flights are expensive. Adding redundant transmitters, batteries, antennae so that planes keep transmitting when in difficulties is even more expensive.
Remember that 7E7 that burst into flames at Heathrow - due to faulty wiring in a emergency beacon? There isn't just a cash cost in cutting holes in 1000s of planes and adding lots of extra batteries.
>Can anyone count how many times they have had these desperate (and expensive) searches for the black boxes?
About 2 - the Air France one and this, and even if they had the crash position of the Air France flight it was till a bit of search to find a black box in miles deep ocean.