Thanks to many people who have written in, over the past 24 hours, about another parachute-save episode involving a Cirrus airplane. Yesterday afternoon, over Republic airport on Long Island, a father who had been taking his teenaged daughter to see colleges in Rhode Island had an engine failure while coming back to New York. He pulled the parachute; the airplane came down safely; and then he and his daughter walked away. The New York Post has a story, and does the Providence Journal. Here is video from an ABC / New York TV news report:
Last fall there was a similar story, about a former WalMart CEO who had an engine problem in the same kind of plane (now the most popular small plane in the world, precisely because of the parachute), but also came down safely under the parachute. All of this has my attention because this is the kind of plane I’ve been flying through our American Futures travels, and in which I’ve been doing annual recurrent-training last week and will be in the next few days, starting again tomorrow morning.