LANGLEY, VA – NASA has released footage of a Fokker F-28 falling from tens of feet off the ground. NASA conducted a crash test at the Landing and Impact Research Facility (LandIR) in Langley. There were 24 crash test dummies aboard the aircraft.
The F-28, the predecessor of the Fokker 70/100, is the largest aircraft ever dropped on LandIR. NASA conducted the test to gather data on aircraft safety.
Dozens of cameras were also placed in the aircraft to record data of the force of impact during a crash on dummies. The gathered data will be used in computer simulations that should contribute to higher safety.
The released footage shows that the F-28 is released from a scaffold, ‘floats’ for a few seconds and crashes on the ground with a brutal force. The wings break off immediately after impact, but the body of the F-28 remains intact.
To make the test work successfully, NASA cooperated with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), the US Army and the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board).
(Top image: from NASA video)