NASA just crashed a plane in the name of science…
The space agency dropped a Cessna 172 from 100 feet and filmed it, in order to test five commercially available emergency locator transmitters.
The incredible footage of the crash, from the 26th August in Hampton Virginia, follows the downfall of the aircraft as it meets its bitter end.
Although damaging the aircraft, the body was surprisingly in tact after the head-on collision.
The second was a nose-first dive into dirt, which just absorbed the plane’s impact and led to a definitely harmful and quite possibly lethal crumpling of the craft.
This is not the first time that NASA have purposefully crashed a plane and in July, a similar operation took place.