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The 727 Crash Documentary

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I'm only half way through but, MAN!, is this documentary good!

 

The best aviation video I've seen in a LONG time!

 

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I watched this video twice before, and and I still find it to be a unique experiment to try to improve airliner safety... 

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The crash occurred at, as the narrator said in the documentary, 1500 feet per minute. Let's bear in mind that the design vertical speed at touchdown for any FAR-25 certified airliner is 600 feet per minute. So this impact occurred at 2.5 times that value, which means, 6 times the kinetic energy!!

 

The passengers in the front section (closest to impact point) suffered loads of 12-g. The passengers in the rear section (farthest from impact) suffered loads of 6-g. That's quite a difference! The pax in the front would have probably died and those in the back may have simply walked away.

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