Curiosity 'Plane Crash,' airing Oct. 7 on Discovery Channel

Tune in alert for something we all hope does not happen to us: A plane crash.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if the plane you were on crashed?  Does bracing really help or is it a myth?  Where is the best place to sit?  And fundamentally, are planes designed so that you could survive?

From Discovery

In the premiere episode of CURIOSITY, airing Sunday, Oct. 7 on Discovery Channel, an international team of experts will explore these questions by doing the unthinkable – deliberately crashing a full-size passenger airplane into the remote desert along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Narrated by actor Josh Charles, this groundbreaking experiment looks at what actually happens during a plane crash and the science behind passengers’ best chance for survival. 

Crash test dummies as well as sensors throughout the plane will reveal just what types of forces are unleashed in a typical plane crash.  Through video footage from inside the plane, viewers will see what happens during the moment of impact.

This experiment marks the first time an entire plane has been crash tested since 1984 when NASA attempted it with mixed results.  With four years of meticulous planning, this latest attempt seems ready to take flight.  However, a series of last minute obstacles prove that anything could potentially go fatally wrong.

Upcoming episodes will feature: 

• Bermuda Triangle looks at scientists who dive into the fabled triangle, analyzing its wrecks and testing different theories on real boats and planes in order to reveal the truth behind the legend.

• 21st Century Mummy looks at a radical experiment where a dying man gifts his body to scientists attempting to uncover the secrets of Ancient Egypt’s best embalmers.

• X Ray Yellowstone explores how scientists use the latest imaging technology to pierce the surface of our most iconic national park and see its habitat and ecosystem from the inside out.

• Stonehenge asks the question ‘how did the inhabitants move ninety multi-ton stones two hundred miles across land and sea to the ancient stone circle that has stood for over 4500 years?’






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