Plane chute

Published: Friday 15 March 1996

Here is good news for the Russy Modi types -high-powered executives who often pilot their own planes: a parachute for the plane. It will be the main safety feature of Cirrus Design Corporation's SR20. Expected to sell for US $1,30,000 when it is introduced next year, the singIe-engine SR20 aircraft has a composite airframe also designed for safety. The structure is engineered to protect people in the cabin area by deflecting the initial impact and absorbing shock, should a mishap occur at an altitude too low to deploy the chute.

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