Plane dropped from 30 metres in impact safety test

Plane dropped from 30 metres in impact safety test

For the third time in less than two months, researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, have sent a small aircraft plummeting to the ground in a drop test meant to simulate a severe, but survivable crash.

The 1974 Cessna 172 plunged 100 feet, a little over 30 metres, into a pile of dirt. The data from the test will specifically provide guidance on the installation of emergency locator transmitters so they’re more likely to work after a crash. 

Bill Condie

Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.

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