Channel 4 crash passenger plane on purpose

Channel 4 crash Boeing 727 passenger jet in Mexican desert for documentary

Channel 4 has deliberately crashed a plane in the Mexican desert for a documentary on air safety.

Watch amateur footage of the planned plane crash

The 170-seat Boeing 727 jet was abandoned by its pilot, who ejected, and flown by remote control from another plane into the ground.

The plane after the crash landing (Copyright: Channel 4)

Inside, the plane was packed with crash test dummies and scientific instruments to measure the effects of the impact on both the aircraft and the human body.

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It's hoped that the results might create an accurate picture of a survivable plane crash to help future air safety.

Debris from the broken plane (Copyright: Channel 4)

“This is a ground-breaking project, allowing a team of leading international scientists and crash investigators the first chance for a generation to study the crash of an entire passenger jet to investigate what really happens to the airframe and cabin of a crashing plane,” said Channel 4's senior commissioning editor David Glover.

The feature-length documentary will hit screens later this year.