We can add this new video from NASA to our video collection of things being smashed.
It also shows why people die in small plane crashes, even if they’ve got some flat land to land on.
NASA was testing emergency locator transmitters — ELTs — which are the beacons that send out a signal (assuming the antenna wasn’t smashed in the process) when G forces in an airplane reach a certain level.
In my small plane, I call it the “here’s where you can find my body” device, because it’s unlikely a human body could stand the forces of such a quick deceleration.
This plane was dropped from just 100 feet.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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