Saturday, February 06, 2010


The footage on this video is really gruesome but I know most will watch it anyway. One of the aircraft (I suspect a Cirrus) involved in the mid-air collision over Boulder today had a Ballistic Recovery System -- a fancy name for a whole-airplane parachute. In other words, the parachute is for the plane, not the passengers. The passengers stay in the plane and the plane floats to the ground. The device was designed for safety -- as a last-ditch option for saving a plane in trouble. Heartbreaking.

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Don Brown
February 6, 2010


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