VIDEO: NASA and the Controlled Impact Demonstration

As video emerges of a Boeing 727 passenger jet deliberately crash-landed in the Mexican desert as part of a scientific experiment for for Channel 4 and The Discovery Channel, thoughts go back 1984, and the Controlled Impact Demonstration from NASA.



According to NASA, the demonstration tested the following scenario.

“The Controlled Impact Demonstration tested a promising fuel additive for retarding or suppressing fire in a real-world aircraft crash-landing scenario. When blended with standard Jet-A fuel, the FM-9 additive, a high molecular weight long-chain polymer, had demonstrated the capability to inhibit ignition and flame propagation of the released fuel in simulated impact tests.”

See how Flight International covered the idea in 1984 

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