Airplane's parachute credited with saving 3 lives

AP News
Posted: Jan 23, 2013 11:40 AM

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A parachute built into an airplane that went down in Connecticut is being credited with saving the lives of the three men on board.

Danbury Municipal Airport operations manager Mike Safranek says there is no question the parachute allowed the men to survive without major injuries. He says the plane "touched down majestically right in the middle of a parking lot."

The single-engine Cirrus was flying from Groton on Tuesday night when the plane encountered an unspecified mechanical problem. The pilot, a licensed instructor giving a lesson, was about 2 miles from the Danbury airport when he alerted authorities he planned to deploy the parachute.

The Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association says the parachute system has been used successfully more than 30 times with more than 60 survivors.