Would this raft fall KILL you? INDIANA JONES
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Would this raft fall KILL you? INDIANA JONES

November 14, 2019

One of the coolest stunt series of all time
has to be the Indiana Jones raft escape in Temple of Doom, where Indy and company jump
from an airplane, drop for fifteen seconds, land on a snow field, slide down a mountain,
fly off a cliff and finally splash down in a river. But, could you actually pull all this off
in real life? Would a raft act like a parachute? Could you survive this impact? And did Steven Spielberg actually marry Willie? Let’s find out in seven elements. From the top, the trio of Indy, Willie and
Short Round move as one smooth group from inside the plane, to out the door, and inside
the falling raft. Problem is this opening is really small. You’d probably have to jump one at a time
and meet up mid-air or something. It doesn’t derail the whole escape, but it’d
certainly make things more complicated–which is bad when your falling toward the ground. Number 2 Would a raft actually slow you down in a fall? Yes. A raft’s surface area is bigger than your
body–or three bodies combined–and more surface area equals more air resistance on the way
down which equals a slower descent. It’s not going to slow you nearly as much
as a parachute would, but it’s still better than nothing. Number 3 Could you keep a raft right-side-up and stay
inside during a fall? Maybe. Staying inside would be tricky. Simplifying here, but if you can keep your
collective center of gravity close the raft’s center of lift you’ll be okay. Otherwise it’s going to spin, rotate, tumble
and spill you out. Still, these dummies manage to stay right-side-up,
so we’ll say the odds are good enough. Number 4 This landing would probably kill Indy. And you. And anyone else. Here’s why: On the plus side, you’ve got three things
going for you. Yes, the raft is slowing you down. Also, you’re landing on snow, which has a
little bit of give as opposed to a more rigid surface like dirt or cement. Third, you’re landing on a LITTLE bit of a
slope, so some of your speed or kinetic energy can continue with you, rather than being totally
absorbed in a complete stop. So much the bright side–here’s why none of
this matters much. That snow we talked about? It’s not very deep or fluffy. After less than a frame, our groups bouncing
back up. It’s better than landing on dirt but not much. Second, body position. If your going to survive any sort of fall
from height your best bet is a feet-first landing–like a parachuter–so the muscles
and joints in your legs can take the brunt of the impact. But our group lands lying down, which exposes
your head and vital organs to the full force of impact. Third and most problematic: impact speed. They’re moving pretty quick. Exactly how fast are they falling? If you run the math and make some measurements,
turn out Indie, Willie and Short Round are falling at 44 miles- or 71 kilometers-per-hour
right before impact. So… what does that mean? If it’s been a while since your last mid-flight
ditching of a Ford tri-motor airplane using a raft-as-parachute alongside an archeologist-turned-adventurer, this speed might feel a bit arbitrary. Is it fast? Or Slow? Would it hurt a little? Or a lot? For the answer, we gathered data from a whole
bunch of sources and created this chart. It shows your odds of surviving an impact
with the ground based on how fast you’re traveling right before you come to a sudden stop. For instance, if you land at 25 miles per
hour–which would be like falling off a two-story building–your odds are pretty good. You’re probably looking at bruises or broken
bones, but you’re likely going to survive. An impact at 38 mph and your odds drop to
50-50. Which means about half the time this speed is fatal. And the other half, you’re looking at severe injuries. Our crew clocks in about here: 44 miles-per-hour. Chance of survival? Say 15%. Not good! So, don’t try this at home. Or in the Himalayas. But, it gets even worse. For obvious reasons they used dummies in this
shot–and these dummies are lighter than their human counterparts. With more weight (the correct weight) the
raft’s gonna fall even faster. It’d approach its terminal velocity and speeds
of 65 miles- or 105 kilometers-per-hour at impact, which is off the charts for survivability. So yeah, it’s gonna hurt. Or, you might not even feel a thing. Number 5 After touchdown the crew slides their way
for 28 seconds without ripping their raft or being stopped by a tree. And there’s a lot of ’em. Sure, a clean slide is possible but it’s really
unlikely. Number 6
The trio drop in a second free-fall this time to the bottom of a canyon. The raft’s only moving about 25 miles or 40
kilometers per hour in this shot. But remember, its actual speed would be closer to 65 miles-per-hour. So, what would happen in the real world? This one’s trickier because water’s involved. Without recreating this landing
at this location, there’s no way to be certain how Indy would fare. Best guess: this landing is more survivable than the first but not by much. Finally, did Spielberg actually marry the actress
who plays Willie? True story. Spielberg and Cate Kapshaw met in auditions,
married a few years later, and are still together today. So if you’re a lonely bachelor whose figurative
hearts been ripped out, all you have to do is direct a movie about literal hearts being
ripped out to meet your sweetheart. And it probably doesn’t hurt if film is also the highest
grossing of the year. From initial jump through washing up on the
shores near Pankot Palace, this escape sequence is hard to beat. Sure, there’s only the tiniest of slivers
of a chance you actually live to tell about it, but that’s the power of cinema, the lure of a fun story, and the magic of Indiana Jones. That’s it for our breakdown of Temple of Doom. What did you think of our review? How would you survive jumping from a plane? What movie should we fact-check next? For more great videos just like this one,
please like, comment, share with your friends and subscribe. Thank you for watching, and remember: “We are going to die!”


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  • Reply metallavery July 11, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Funny enouph, if you were in Indi's situation your best odds of survival would be to legit just jump out feet first. and tuck and roll. If you do it just right, you can live, Odds are allot greater if you hit tree's or deeper snow. So in this case you might want to target the tree's.

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  • Reply Cullenak47 December 7, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    with more weight, the drag from the boat would be reduced but heavier things don't fall faster than lighter things, is this what you meant when you said that the extra weight would increase the speed?

  • Reply FragmentalStew December 15, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Isn't there some sort of law that says that things fall at the same speed regardless of their weight? Maybe I'm getting mixed up with a different law.

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  • Reply twrampage January 21, 2019 at 4:52 am

    Yes but with plot armour the chance of surviving goes way up.

  • Reply SpaceFighter2004 January 31, 2019 at 12:18 am

    I bet the way the dummies fell wasn’t intended. If they were able to move they would probably be able to sit rather than lay down. Even Willie might sit up. The way the dummies land might be a movie mistake. Maybe if Lucasfilm were to make a special edition they can probably make the scene and the way they land look a little more convincing.

  • Reply John James February 15, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    an air stewardess survived a 10000ft fall in the tail section of a plane that exploded
    its in the guiness book of records

  • Reply striderflys February 23, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Never tell me the odds

  • Reply TedShatner10 February 25, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Before Nuking the Fridge there was Jumping the Raft.

  • Reply yu stu February 27, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Gremlins, Beverly hills cop, terminator, romancing the stone, karate kid, ghostbusters – man I used to love going to the movies and rarely felt ripped off.

  • Reply Glitter April 22, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Wouldn’t the horizontal speed help with the impact? They don’t really show it in the movie, but that plane must be going at least close to 200km/h. I don’t think the moment you stepped out of the plane you’d lose all that momentum.

  • Reply Mike Donovan May 8, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Where did the pilots go when they hit the ground? Why did they choose that particular place to abandon the plane? Did they touch ground in front of Marion's bar in Nepal?

  • Reply Zach Lennon June 13, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Still more realistic then a nuke and a fridge.

  • Reply Dactyl June 26, 2019 at 3:08 am

    TL DW, No. You won't survive

  • Reply Warren Rhinerson June 30, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Well to be completely fair we have no idea how soft the snow is or how soft he ground is. Of the soil has a lot of moisture, the ground would be a lot softer.

  • Reply Sean Fowler July 13, 2019 at 2:02 am

    You didn't take in consideration they landed on on an airbag( inflated boat) that would help brake the fall

  • Reply Liam Tomlinson August 13, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Nice attention to detail at marking every tree. That's time consuming

  • Reply Geoffrey Pearce August 27, 2019 at 1:09 am

    Mythbusters actually tested this one. The end result was a comprehensive “NO” for several reasons.
    The plane was too low to allow the raft to fully open in nearly the time shown.
    The point about hitting the ground to fast mentioned in this video proved true.
    Finally, this video mentioned it would be difficult to prevent the raft from capsizing on the way down. It didn’t matter what they did, the mythbusters couldn’t get the raft to land properly while holding a life sized dummy no matter what they did (even fixing the dummy to the exact centre of the raft).
    So the mythbusters couldn’t even recreate the first part of this sequence, let alone the rest of it.

  • Reply Nathan Coffman October 15, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    I don’t know how you had it that mass has to do with gravity. Any object, regardless of its mass, will fall with the same acceleration due to gravity. I do understand that that is only true in a vacuum and air resistance will effect it in our atmosphere but the difference between a dummy and a human as far as air resistance is not much. I don’t know, maybe things with lighter weight are more suseptable to air resistance. I am taking a physics class right now and I would love to have more knowledge on this subject.

  • Reply MrSoggyjocks October 17, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    All the math is wrong. The chances of survival are actually 100%. Why? They have a magical stone calling them to be at a certain place at a certain time and in good health. So falling from an airplane with no parachute and only a inflatable raft to slow your descent, surviving the landing, missing hundred of trees in a runaway raft/sled, and then surviving a raging rapid… so long as you have mystical protection you may as well ask if you can "have another go".

  • Reply mngentry October 20, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I’m only going to say this once: NEVER TELL ME THE ODDS.

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