With ever-mounting budget cuts, and pressure to reduce the national deficit, NASA and the FAA just don ’t crash airplanes intentionally like they used to. Here
The test didn’t go quite as planned, as the remote control equipment used to direct the airplane brought it down off the centerline of the runway, with the left wing striking the ground first.
The researchers did get lots of useful data on features from test dummies to burn-resistant windows. But the fireball seen here, and the inferno that raged afterward, showed that a fuel additive wouldn ’t make much difference in this kind of crash.