BRS Parachute Saves Four During Historic First Caribbean
Area Deployment Landing
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:BRSI)(www.BRSparachutes.com), a manufacturer of whole-airplane parachute recovery systems for general aviation and recreational aircraft, announced today that another successful aircraft parachute landing has saved the lives of four people, this time on the island of Jamaica – a first for a certified airplane parachute deployment in the Caribbean region.
“This underscores the fact that when a pilot is incapacitated or otherwise unable to deploy the system, a passenger can safely activate the parachute”
On the morning of Friday, September 22, one American and three citizens of the Dominican Republic were flying a Cirrus SR20, which departed from the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica, headed for the Dominican Republic. Sergeant Troy Anderson, an official spokesperson for Jamaica’s Constabulatory Communication Network – a division of the police department – said, “About twenty minutes after takeoff, a distress call was made to air traffic control and the Cirrus airplane’s emergency airframe recovery parachute system was activated. The aircraft came to rest in a heavily treed area in the hills of an area called 11 Miles, near Bull’s Bay, in the Parish of St. Andrew.”
Citizens in the area were first on the scene after being alerted to the accident by the sound of the parachute’s rocket firing. Within minutes, officials from police and fire departments, and from the Jamaica Defense Force, arrived to provide assistance and move the airplane’s occupants to the Kingston Public Hospital for routine observation and treatment.
Sergeant Anderson said, “The parachute covered the aircraft like a big deflated balloon. The pilot and passengers were all able to walk and appeared to have sustained no obvious serous injuries. An elderly male passenger, a 79-year old American, was carried as a precautionary measure.”
“It was a huge highlight for all of the responders at the accident scene to see that the parachute device had cushioned what would have been a crash landing in the hills. The parachute obviously negated a strong impact that otherwise could have proved disastrous.”
It has been reported by various news outlets that a passenger was credited with directly activating the emergency parachute recovery system, after being directed to do so by the pilot in command. “This underscores the fact that when a pilot is incapacitated or otherwise unable to deploy the system, a passenger can safely activate the parachute,” said BRS Vice President John Gilmore.
Sergeant Anderson added, “Our Civil Aviation Authority will carry out a detailed investigation into this accident and more information will be released in the future.”
With the successful parachute save of a pilot last July in France, and of three passengers in an Indiana parachute deployment last month, the Jamaica parachute landing brings the total number of lives saved by BRS safety systems to 198, making the proven technology nearly routine.
BRS is a South St. Paul, Minnesota, based company that designs, manufactures and distributes whole-plane emergency parachute systems for use on general aviation and recreational aircraft. Since 1981, BRS has delivered more than 23,000 parachute systems to aircraft owners around the world including over 2,800 systems on certified aircraft like the Cirrus Design aircraft manufactured in Duluth, Minnesota. To date, BRS parachute recovery systems have been credited with saving the lives of 198 pilots and passengers.
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For more information on BRS contact: Larry E. Williams; BRS, Inc: Fleming Field, 300 Airport Road; South St. Paul MN 55075; USA(LarryWilliams@BRSparachutes.com) TEL 651.457.7491 ; FAX 651.457.8651