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10 May 2014 @ 11:16 pm
Plane with a parachute  
That is not a metaphor. In the Blue Mountains, just west of Sydney, where many of my favourite people live, a light plane got into terrible trouble this afternoon and started spiralling towards the ground. And then it deployed its parachute. And it floated to the ground with no serious injuries and only a fence and the plane's tail as casualties.



My favourite part of the story is a quote regarding a chap at the Sydney Flying Club who was describing how the chutes are deployed and what the pilot would have done: He said it was most likely that Saturday afternoon would have been the first time this pilot would have ever used this system.

I think that is simply brilliant.

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Loyaulte Me Lieshocolate on May 10th, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
I had no idea that was possible!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 10th, 2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
Nor did I! Though it makes sense, they use parachutes to drop cargo loads that are much heavier than the standard light plane. Apparently over 87 people have not died in crashes thanks to this system. Possibly 91 after today :-)
Nennenenne on May 11th, 2014 07:11 am (UTC)
I had no idea that even excisted, but it's good to hear that it works and that noone was hurt. :-)
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