Test Crashing a Boeing 727

This Boeing 727 passenger jet was deliberately crashed in a remote and unpopulated part of the Sonoran Desert of Baja California, Mexico. Why? The goal was to recreate a serious, but survivable, passenger jet crash landing so that an international team of experts could study the crashworthiness of the aircraft’s airframe and cabin as well as the impact of crashes on the human body. The data could possibly be used to increase passenger survivability and evaluate new ’black box’ crash-recording technology.