The Plane Crash

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The Plane Crash

This dramatic documentary follows an international team of scientists, experts and elite pilots as they deliberately crash land a 170-seat Boeing 727 passenger jet to provide a once-in-a-generation chance to study the mechanics of a plane crash in real time. The documentary recreates a common type of crash - a serious but survivable 'forced landing' - in order to study the crashworthiness of the aircraft's airframe and cabin, examine the impact of crashes on the human body, and look for possible means of increasing passenger survivability. By crashing the plane, the programme also aims to answer key questions, such as whether you sit at the front or the rear of the aircraft, whether or not you wear a seat belt, and if you use the brace position could save your life. Fed Ex captain James 'JimBob' Slocum, who has previously survived three plane crashes, pilots the passenger jet, nick-named 'Big Flo' (after crew member Leland 'Chip' Shanle's grandmother, Florence) on her last flight. Putting their lives on the line, JimBob and the rest of the crew aim to parachute from the plane just minutes before impact, after setting it on a crash course. The plane will then be flown remotely until impact from a chase plane by former US Navy pilot Leland 'Chip' Shanle - making it the world's biggest remote controlled aircraft. Flying at 140 mph, and descending at 1500 feet per minute, the aircraft will crash-land nose-down in a remote and uninhabited area of Mexican desert. Rather than carrying passengers, the plane is packed with state-of-the-art research equipment, including three crash test dummies worth $150,000 each (plus a number of simpler sandbag dummies) and accelerometers to measure the G forces on passengers. Dozens of cameras record the crash from inside the aircraft, on the ground, in chase planes and even on the pilot's helmet. Dir: Ryan Senter; Prod: Geoff Deehan;

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