• Short Summary

    LAST MONTH, IN AN EFFORT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS IN AN AIR DISASTER, THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL AVIATION AGENCY DELIBERATELY CRASHED A DC-7 AIRLINER.

  • Description

    LAST MONTH, IN AN EFFORT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS IN AN AIR DISASTER, THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL AVIATION AGENCY DELIBERATELY CRASHED A DC-7 AIRLINER. WELL PLACED TO OBSERVED THE SIMULATED DISASTER WERE A NUMBER OF FILM CAMERAS WHICH FAITHFULLY RECORDED EVERY MOMENT OF THE PLANE'S COURSE FROM THE TIME OF IMPACT UNTIL IT CAME TO A HALT.

    THE AGENCY HAVE NOW RELEASED SLOW-MOTION FILM OF THE CRASH WHICH SHOWS THE AIRLINER STRIKING A SMALL HILL FLANKED BY TWO TELEPHONE POLES WHICH TORE THE WINGS FROM THE FUSELAGE. THE FUSELAGE HURTLED ACROSS THE HILL BEFORE EXPLODING, SCATTERING DEBRIS OVER A WIDE AREA.

    ONE CAMERA WAS PLACED INSIDE THE PLANE AND RECORDED THE EFFECT OF THE CRASH ON FIFTEEN DUMMIES STRAPPED INTO SEATS. THE FILM SHOWS ONE OF THESE DUMMIES BEING PROTECTED BY A HUGE BAG THAT INFLATES AUTOMATICALLY WHEN A CRASH IS IMMINENT.

    DESPITE THE ALMOST COMPLETE DISINTEGRATION OF THE PLANE, OFFICIALS BELIEVE THAT IF THIS HAD BEEN A REAL CRASH MANY OF THE PASSENGERS WOULD HAVE SURVIVED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA0D7KOL6OO3M4JI5G96KOAR67
    Media URN:
    VLVAA0D7KOL6OO3M4JI5G96KOAR67
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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