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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Canadian rancher Albert Kolk's small plane banked uncontrollably in darkness over the Monashee mountains, then began spiraling toward earth. "Seat belts!" he barked to his teenage grandson and two young friends. Then he reached for a red lever in the cockpit.
Suddenly, an orange-and-white parachute as big as a house opened above the plane and gently landed his stricken aircraft in a rocky clearing.
If the Minnesota-based maker of the parachute that saved Kolk's life this past spring succeeds, one day commercial aircraft like regional commuter jets may have similar safety systems. First, though, there's the challenge of creating a parachute robust enough to rescue bigger, faster planes.
Originally posted by William One Sac
Isn't it wonderful that it is too expensive to put in a system that can save lives?
Originally posted by UM_Gazz
Unless I am wrong most crashes happen on take off and landing.. I can't see where these would help that much in that case... also what if the system malfunctions during take off or landing?