With the failure of the ship’s electronic systems, the colony pods were released almost simultaneously in order to try and save as many colonists as possible. The original plan of a uniform distribution of pods was no longer possible. So rather than be spread uniformly over a large area, the pods were dropped and clumps of pods were formed. Some dropped in isolation of other pods, some simply crashed. A significant portion managed to land although damaged.
Once the colonists were jettisoned the remaining ship personnel tried to save as much of the ship as possible. However releasing all the pods, the continual buffeting of the atmosphere and the failure of the on-board systems, the ship itself started to to break up into sections.Next