Plane’s Parachute Credited With Saving Three Lives

DANBURY, Conn. (January 23, 2013)--A parachute built into an airplane that went down Tuesday night in Connecticut is credited with saving the lives of the three men on board.

Danbury Municipal Airport operations manager Mike Safranek said there is no question the parachute allowed the men to survive without major injuries.

He said the plane "touched down majestically right in the middle of a parking lot."

The single-engine Cirrus was en route from Groton, Conn., on Tuesday night when it developed an unspecified mechanical problem.

The pilot, a licensed instructor giving a lesson, was about two miles from the Danbury airport when he alerted authorities he planned to deploy the parachute.

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

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