Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Video: NASA simulates a severe but survivable plane accident

A single engine Cessna 172 plane was dropped to the ground from 100 feet on Wednesday at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., in an effort to help search and rescuers save more lives.

NASA’s Search and Rescue Mission Office, based at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., simulated a severe but survivable plane accident to test five emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) on board. Researchers are working to improve ELT systems.

This was the last of three crash tests of three different Cessna 172 aircraft. Each of the three tests simulated different, but common, crash conditions.

The aircraft dropped on Wednesday is a Cessna 172M (tail number N9804V) manufactured in 1974.

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