On Friday April 27, the Discovery Channel deliberately crashed a Boeing 727 in an uninhabited portion of the Mexican desert for its new series Curiosity.
The passenger jet was packed with cameras and crash test dummies, part of an effort to answer questions about what might make plane crashes more survivable. No injuries occurred, and the pilot ejected minutes before impact.
“NASA were the last people to attempt a crash test of a full passenger jet three decades ago,” Sanjay Singhal, executive producer from Dragonfly Film and Television Productions, said in a statement. “Now, with the improvements in filming and remote control technology we felt that the time was right to do it again. It’s never been safer to fly, but we want to use this as an opportunity to provide scientific data that might help to improve passenger safety in those extremely rare cases when a catastrophic aircraft accident does occur.”
The crash and results are scheduled to air later this year as a full-length feature documentary.