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Watch Live: NASA Crashing An Airplane For Science

NASA is crashing a Cessna 172–on purpose–in order to test emergency locator transmitters.

Watch Live: NASA Crashing An Airplane For Science
[Photo: NASA/David C. Bowman]

On Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET, NASA will drop a vintage 1974 aircraft, tail down, from a height of 100 feet at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. The crash test is intended to “simulate a severe but survivable plane accident,” according to a NASA press release, and will help researchers learn more about emergency locators.

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The Cessna 172 will contain cameras, five emergency locators, two crash-test dummies, and various data-collecting sensors.

You can watch a live stream of the crash below:

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