Join Discovery Channel, as they follow a team of experts who do the unthinkable: deliberately crash a full-size passenger airplane into the remote desert along the U.S-Mexico border. The series premiere episode of CURIOSITY: PLANE CRASH answers the key questions always asked about plane crashes. The experiment looks at what happens during a plane crash and the science behind a passengers best chance for survival.
A key aspect of the operation involved the Aeryon Scout sUAS, which provided an immediate aerial perspective of the scene following the crash. Aerial imagery from the Scout was used to assess potential hazards arising from the crash while first responders watched from a safe distance.
After the staged plane crash (which involved pilots parachuting from the plane and a remote controlled descent for collision) the Aeryon Scout sUAS helped experts examine the scene only minutes after impact using real-time video streamed from the Scout – before any individual entered the potentially hazardous area. The Scout revealed there were no fires immediately after the crash, however it showed responders that one of the engines was still running at full power. Detailed imagery provided by the Scout allowed experts to make an informed decision on the course of action to take – in this case injecting water into the engine to slow it down before others entered the scene.
This episode will air at the dates and times below, and the Scout is featured at 1:04hrs.
Viewers in the UK will be able to watch the episode on Thursday, October 11 2012 at 21:00 GMT on Channel 4 while Canadian viewers can watch the episode on Sunday, October 28 2012 at 21:00 ET/PT. This episode has already aired in the US but can be seen on the Discovery Channel US website. For viewers in other areas, please consult your local listings for air dates and times.