Airplane equipped with its own parachute

The SR-20, a small single-engine plane by the Cirrus Design Corporation, Duluth, MN, USA, was equipped with its own parachute as standard equipment in June 1999. In an emergency, the parachute, (made by Ballistic Recovery Systems, St. Paul, MN, was packed into a storage area on the roof) could be released by pulling an overhead handle. The theory is to save lives and decrease injuries of the passengers, vs decreasing damage to plane.

Date:
      June, 1999
Location:
      Duluth, MN, USA
      St. Paul, MN, USA
Craft:
      SR-20, a small single-engine plane
Manufacturer:
      Cirrus Design Corporation,
      Ballistic Recovery Systems
Cost:
      US$165,000, including US$10,000 for the parachute



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