Almost everyone has found themselves stuck in an elevator at some point. It usually lasts just a couple minutes. Sometimes more. Rarely does anything go wrong and the chances of things going all the way wrong are basically zero. But if things went completely Speed and you were in a falling elevator as though you were an extra in a Bruce Willis film, could you survive? SciShow tries to answer this question in a new video.
It's not a situation you're likely to encounter. However, you've no doubt asked yourself that question, whether it was prompted by some horrible scene in Final Destination 3 or you just panicked a bit in the elevator at work.
Well, there's good news and bad news. The good news is elevators have tons of ways to make sure this doesn't happen. An elevator failure on this magnitude is incredibly unlikely because it would require multiple systems to fail. In fact, most of the above video is spent explaining all those systems and how, even if they fail, there are still more measures in place that likely stop the elevator from a complete free fall.