DANBURY, Conn. (AP) _ A parachute attached to an airplane that went down in Danbury is being credited with saving the lives of the three men on board.

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

The single-engine Cirrus was flying from Groton on Tuesday night when the plane encountered an unspecified mechanical problem. The pilot was about two miles from the Danbury airport when he alerted authorities he planned to deploy the parachute.

The Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association says the parachute system has been used successfully more than 30 times with more than 60 survivors.
Safranek said the pilot is a licensed instructor who was giving a lesson.

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DANBURY, Conn. (AP) _ The pilot of a small plane has escaped serious injury along with two other men on board after deploying the plane’s parachute and going down near a Danbury road.

Danbury Municipal Airport Administrator Paul Estefan tells the Danbury News-Times (http://bit.ly/WI3gMV) the plane was coming from Groton Tuesday evening when the pilot deployed the parachute because of an unspecific mechanical problem. The plane went down near South Street and Wixted Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. The parachute caught in power lines. Power was temporarily cut to remove it.

Assistant airport administrator Mike Safranek said the pilot deployed the Cirrus aircraft’s chute two miles from the airport. He said the pilot is a licensed instructor who was giving a lesson to a student. The third man was the student’s friend.

The men were taken to Danbury Hospital with non-lifethreatening injuries.
Information from: The News-Times, http://www.newstimes.com

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