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NASA to Conduct Helicopter Crash Test

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - NASA engineers are preparing to crash a former military helicopter.

The Marine helicopter has been retrofitted with a variety of composite subfloors to see how the material affects the likelihood of injuries for occupants.

Interest in using carbon composites in airframe design has grown because it is a lightweight material. But NASA officials say there hasn't been a lot of safety testing done on a full-scale level.

The full-scale crash test will occur Wednesday at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton. The helicopter fuselage will be swung from large cables at a slight angle and will slam into a pile of soil at 30 miles per hour. Officials say the impact is representative of a severe but survivable crash under civilian and military requirements.

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