Cirrus crash in Channel.

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Unfortunately another Cirrus crash and the pilot did not survive.:( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/jersey/7733488.stm
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It seems he did everything right (Liferaft etc) and still didn't make it. Ditching at night can't be easy. Very sad. Moggy
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Be interesting to learn if the parachute was deployed.:confused:
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The pilot has been named as Alex de Gruchy a local businessman. I had the pleasure of meeting Alex a number of times over the past year. The last time at the Helping Hands charity event at the Jersey Aeroclub last month where he was one of the pilots who gave up his Saturday to fly disadvantaged children around the island.
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The aircraft was N224AG, delivered new this year.
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Be interesting to learn if the parachute was deployed.:confused:
It will be. Chute deployment is not SOP for a ditching as the undercarriage can't play its part in absorbing the vertical arrest when it hits, so serious back injury is to be expected. Moggy
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It would be an interesting debate whether the risks of a water landing with a fixed undercarriage at night would be outweighed by an assisted splashdown in a vertical descent.:confused:
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Anyone know the time between pulling the handle and full chute opening? It would be interesting to test what would happen if you glided it down to say 15-20 feet above the water and then popped the chute. Ryan

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Anyone know the time between pulling the handle and full chute opening? It would be interesting to test what would happen if you glided it down to say 15-20 feet above the water and then popped the chute. Ryan
From handle to full envelope is about 4 seconds (If you watch the vids).
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From handle to full envelope is about 4 seconds (If you watch the vids).
Interesting. I fuel one of the Cirrus aircraft (there are two that we hangar) from our hangar several days a week, and there are more at the airport where I work. Ryan