Cirrus Parachute Saves Lives
A Cirrus SR22 gently crashed in Australia after the pilot deployed the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS).
Witnesses report hearing the engine die before the parachute was deployed.
Both the pilot and his passenger were unhurt in the incident.
Cirrus says that the parachute system has saved 85 lives so far.
It is understood the Cirrus SR22, which came down in the Blue Mountains, was a demonstration model, which prompted Sydney radio host Stewart Bocking to comment today: 'They were caught in a bit of a dilemma.
'If the plane was being demonstrated, you wouldn't want it known that it developed engine trouble - but you would also want it to be known that you can land safely on the end of a parachute.'
A staff member at Regal Air, which sells and carries out maintenance work on the aircraft from its headquarters at Sydney's Bankstown Airport, said that if the passengers 'had been in any other aircraft they wouldn't be going home tonight to their families.'