Parachute Saves 3 Lives in Connecticut “float”-Landing

Thursday, January 24, 2013
By George Hatcher

On Jan 23, 2013, a single engine Kenyon Flight Cirrus SR20 was engaged in a training flight, Groton-Danbury, near Danbury Connecticut. Aboard was an instructor, the pilot trainee and a friend of the trainee. The pilot was on approach to Danbury Municipal Airport two miles away when the plane suffered a loss of power.

The pilot deployed a rocket-fired parachute system and floated down to land without hitting anything in a parking lot near South Street and Wixted Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. The parachute did become tangled with electrical wires.

The pilot and two passengers were injured but survived.

The parachute is being credited with saving their lives.

Power was cut to unentangle the parachute, resulting in an electrical outage that affected about a thousand homes.

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