Discovery Channel looks at what happens in a plane crash

OK, it’s not general aviation, but have you ever wondered what would happen if the airliner you were flying on crashed? Does bracing really help or is it a myth? Where is the best place to sit? And are planes designed so that you could survive?

In the premiere episode of Curiousity, airing Sunday, Oct. 7 on Discovery Channel, an international team explore these questions by deliberately crashing a full-size passenger airplane into the remote desert along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Narrated by actor Josh Charles, this experiment looks at what actually happens during a plane crash and the science behind passengers’ best chance for survival. Crash test dummies, as well as sensors throughout the plane, will reveal just what types of forces are unleashed in a typical plane crash. Through video footage from inside the plane, viewers will see what happens during the moment of impact.

Curiosity, entering its second season on Discovery Channel, brings the ‘I wonder?’ moment to television with an array of provocative subjects. Upcoming episodes include:

  • Bermuda Triangle looks at scientists who dive into the fabled triangle, analyzing its wrecks and testing different theories on real boats and planes in order to reveal the truth behind the legend.
  • 21st Century Mummy looks at a radical experiment where a dying man gifts his body to scientists attempting to uncover the secrets of Ancient Egypt’s best embalmers.
  • X Ray Yellowstone explores how scientists use the latest imaging technology to pierce the surface of our most iconic national park and see its habitat and ecosystem from the inside out.
  • Stonehenge asks the question ‘how did the inhabitants move 90 multi-ton stones 200 miles across land and sea to the ancient stone circle that has stood for over 4,500 years?’

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