Crash Science

8:30pm Saturday, February 27 on Prime

Documentary Series

This fast and furious new series investigates the science behind the construction and destruction of the world’s greatest planes, trains and automobiles.

TONIGHT: How safe are trains? In a split second the train you’re travelling in can turn into a deathtrap – hundreds of tons of crushing, killing metal. The sheer weight of this, the heaviest form of land transport, and the blisteringly high speeds it’s capable of reaching, give it the potential to be one of the most dangerous forms of travel. Amazingly, it’s one of the safest and that’s down to decades of work in the field of crash science. This documentary traces the development of a science that has saved countless lives and has made the modern train a scientific marvel.

8:30pm Saturday, February 20 on Prime

Documentary Series

This fast and furious new series investigates the science behind the construction and destruction of the world’s greatest planes, trains and automobiles.

TONIGHT: How safe is the modern passenger plane?

Commercial aviation may be the safest way to travel but how do airplanes stand up to the phenomenal forces of impact and what has been done to increase survivability in the event of a post-crash fire? Discover the pioneering work of aviation crash scientists as they focus on improving the safety of everything from jet engines and fuel systems to how best to brace for impact.

8:30pm Saturday, February 13 on Prime

Documentary Series

This fast and furious new series investigates the science behind the construction and destruction of the world’s greatest planes, trains and automobiles.

TONIGHT: Car crashes and the evolution of car safety design.

Using archive footage, cases of notorious real life crashes including Diana Princess of Wales and the latest research by car manufacturers, find out how human injuries and unique and innovative research have contributed to safety design in cars. Leading not only to the development of safety features like seatbelts, airbags, safety glass and crumple zones, the research has also resulted in advances in emergency medicine, neurobiology and impact engineering.

Also, discover a darker side to the story: how terrible design flaws, mistakes, malpractice, escalating human casualties and pioneering mavericks provoked and punctuated the history of this science.