12 June 2018
+VIDEO Two people suffered minor injuries after their Cirrus SR22 aircraft deployed its parachute recovery system for a forced-landing in a field in Hertfordshire at the weekend.
Pilot Jonathan Cobb told BBC News that the aircraft’s engine failed. He deployed the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) at about 1,200ft agl. It appears to be a textbook ‘save’ by the parachute system.
“What I can see is the ground rushing up on me. We descended to the ground, it was pretty hairy,” said Cobb. “The most incredible thing is that – and we are pinching ourselves about it – we were not hurt at all, given the crash.”
BBC News has this video:
Local police and other emergency services were quickly on the scene.
Attended scene of emergency landing in a field in Bennington, East Herts this afternoon – thankfully only minor injuries thanks to some skilled piloting. Thanks to all local residents who came and offered assistance. 411810 pic.twitter.com/THMD6NmJ5V
— BCH Road Policing (@roadpoliceBCH) June 9, 2018
The aircraft parachute works by pulling a red CAPS handle on the ceiling inside the cockpit. This deploys a solid-fuel rocket out of a hatch covering the parachute’s store behind the cabin. As the rocket carries the parachute rearward from the back of the airplane, harness straps embedded into the fuselage are released. Within seconds, the 65ft diameter canopy unfolds, controlling the aircraft’s rate of descent. The final landing is absorbed by specialised landing gear, a roll cage and energy absorbing seats.