07/13/10 108 W, 1 I - + 6 - 5 Chapel Hill, Plane Crash. Parachute

WTVD posted about a dozen aerial photos of yesterday's fatal plane crash in Chapel Hill at the Horace Williams airport. The apparent video capture has been lightened and adjusted for aspect ratio. Those Carolina blue pumpers aren't as high as the original image depicts.

This Durham-Sun story notes that the Cirrus SR20 aircraft was equipped with an airframe parachute system. Photos of the crash show that the 'chute apparently deployed. It's released through a solid-fuel rocket (!) that deploys through the rear of the aircraft.

Here's a Wiki page on the parachute system, as well as an article from Flying magazine.

WTVD photo

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