The information identified three flights. In one, for instance, the data showed that the pilot had trouble rotating the plane during take-off. The system can identify anomalies that suggest both physical and operational issues -- such as those that caused a runway accident in Chicago in December 2005. The researchers from M.I.T. and Spain will present their paper in October at the 30th Digital Avionics Systems Conference in Seattle. Because, to prevent future accidents, you might have to think inside the box.