Why can’t the information that goes into the flight data recorder-- not sure what the official name is, but the “black box”-- be transmitted in real time to some kind of “cloud storage” by cell phone (or the like) so the box itself doesn’t have to be found to access the data?
I don’t know anything about what format the data is in or transmission-- maybe the voice data would have to be converted to something digital… it just seems like there ought to be a way to do that, especially for flights that routinely cross major oceans. Presumably the black box would eventually be found if a plane crashes on land. But over the ocean? That seems a scant hope.