Watch NASA Crash a Cessna 172 on Purpose to Test Emergency Location Transmitters

By: | August 5th, 2015


NASA is taking one for the team but secretly probably having a lot of fun crashing cheap aircraft in order to help improve black boxes in airplanes.

Last week, it was time for a Cessna 172 to be purposely crashed in an effort to gather as much data as possible on how Emergency Location Transmitters (ELTs) respond to real scenarios.

As you can see in the video below, the Cessna takes a 100-foot nosedive into a patch of dirt to make sure that the ELTs work in all different types of crashes.

It’s also neat to see a plane crash in a controlled environment with so many different camera angles.

Marshall Smith

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