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September 30, 2012

Cynthia Bir's plane crash research highlighted in new documentary


Cynthia Bir, a Bio-mechanist at Wayne State University, is part of a scientific team working on research to improve the safety of passenger planes. Their work is highlighted in a documentary which aims to show the second-by-second events that take place when a plane crash lands. The documentary recreates a common type of crash – a serious, but survivable, ‘forced landing’ – in order to study the crashworthiness of the aircraft’s airframe and cabin, examine the impact of crashes on the human body and look for possible means of increasing passenger survivability. “We crash cars all the time, we don’t do that with planes to see if we can make them safer, which is what makes this such a unique opportunity,” Bir said.


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