8:36 AM

Breaking News in Cirrus Land

Aero-News Network is reporting this morning that a Cirrus SR22 has safely deployed the emergency BRS parachute over Alabama after trying to climb through icing conditions on departure from Birmingham at 1544Z.

Here is the raw and decoded PIREP from the incident:

MGM UUA /OV SCD 270004/TM 2200/FL090/TP SR22/IC SVR ICG 077-0900/RM ACFT WAS DESCENDING BY PARACHUTE DUE TO SEVRE ICG BUILDUP CORRECTION ANB UUA /OV SCD/TM 2240/FL077/TP SR22/IC SVR /RM DEPLOYED PARACHUTE ZME

Decoded PIREP
Montgomery FSS Urgent PIREP Location: Sylacauga, Alabama (SCD) 270004 (270 degrees 4 NM from Sylacauga airport, possibly from Sylacauga NDB which is also coded SCD) Time 2200Z Altitude (FL) 9000 feet, Type SR 22, Icing Severe Icing from 7,700 to 9,000 feet, Remark: Aircraft was descending by parachute due to severe icing buildup.
Looks like all three pax on board N87HK have survived. This comes only a dew days after another news story about a Cirrus chute deployment:
UPDATE: Two people in an SR-20 was killed Monday afternoon near Fox Field in Lancaster. "They were doing touch-and-goes at Fox field and then they went down," Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy David Patterson told KABC-TV. ""It deployed the chute but then it crashed," said Allen Kenitzer, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman in Washington state.
AP reports that the crash killed 54-year-old filmmaker Gary Rhine. No word on the ID of the second occupant.

Wow.
Lots to talk about regarding deployment of the BRS! I can find nothing out there on what altitude the Lancaster pilot was at when he deployed, but as they were doing T & Gs, we can assume it was pattern altitude at best.

And of course, a few "news" websites in L.A. are linking the type of crashed airplane to the same "make and model" as the plane Angelina Jolie owns and flies...as if that is a part of this story somehow. [Truth is she has a SR-22 and not a -20] And no, Jolie has not been killed in a plane crash in Nigeria, that is a rumor that has spread through blogs like wildfire since this Lancaster crash.

Further: The L.A. Times website is now reporting that they have talked to witnesses to the Lancaster crash who believe the parachute deployed after impact with the ground. Developing...

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