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Deep snow, steep slope complicated Cirrus chute-pull rescue near Aspen

By the time Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers made it within a half-mile of a small plane crash Monday evening near Lenado, it was pitch dark, snowing heavily and the wind was blowing hard. ( More...

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Willie Wonka 20
I'll double that statement calling the rescuers amazing. In many ways they are the "Special Forces" of the civilian agencies. Those two individuals from the crash very likely would not have made it through the night. Well Done!!!!
My first flight instructor taught me 45 years ago to always dress and pack as if you might have to walk home. My wife and I always take a survival pack and sleeping bags when we travel in our Mooney.
Mark Kanzler 2
I try to do the same in my car.
Having 4WD, I will go out when others stay home, but I'm aware th doing so puts me at risk of getting stuck and having to wait.

Having 40 gallons of diesel does mean that I'm most likely not going to freeze to death if I get stuck, but if I have to spend the night, I want to have some Clif bars and a blanket or two.
It would have been tragic to have survived the parachute descent, but then be done in by the lack of an adequate survival pack. People always notice the size of my “daypack”: it’s only a daypack if you return before dark. Consider the environment you’ll be traveling through and plan for disruption of those plans.
cowboybob 3
the rescuers are indeed the real heroes here...glad none of them were injured or killed trying to get to these folks. Article says nothing about the pilot's ratings....I wonder. And yes, flying in mountains, especially the northern mountains...and especially in best be well prepared for days in the bush.
Scott Johnson 3
I have wondered about using the plane parachute in the mountains over long, steep slopes. Without trees to catch the chute the plane would just tumble down the slope after contact. These people were lucky.
M20ExecDriver 4
Sorry but something smells in this incident and it's not the airplane.
H C 1
"The pilot, 50-year-old Tyler Noel of Verona, Wisconsin, later said he didn’t think the plane was actually stalling" YEAH...
Ken Thompson 1
Wasn’t their first issue a failure of the ASI?
Once they were in cloud, with no ASI, and in the mountains, he did what he thought was best. Better that than a possible stall/spin.
I didn't see anything about being in the clouds, and even if, the complaint was "his instruments “went haywire” and indicated the plane’s engine was stalling" ... hard to really make anything out of that but if the engine was purring along and the instruments say it's not, I'm inclined to believe my ears and head for the nearest suitable airport, mountain flying is not kid stuff! Just say'in, and this was kind of typical non-aviation understanding journalism.
Ken Thompson 1
In the audio, they mentioned that they were “in the clouds.” Or words to the effect. They were IMC when they pulled the chute. ATC asked them to report when they were clear if clouds.
Greg Held 2
How are you supposed to read that with a strange survey blocking someone from reading it
Roy Thomas 6
click "skip survey"
mbrews 4
a bit too much whining about things that are free or near-free.
I think cirrus pilots know there is a chute attached and start wondering if works. Either that or cirrus puts them on knowing sooner or later your going to need it.
Gary Ondrey 1
Hmmmm.. very suspicious! Sounds like this pilot was way over his head. Flying in the mountains requires a special type of skill and knowledge, which I suspect this pilot didn't have. Pulling your chute in mountainous terrain is not likely a very good idea unless you're reasonably assured of not landing in the trees like they did. Tree covered steep terrain is far from the ideal landing site and full of perilous possibilites. I suspect there was nothing wrong with the aircraft engine but rather some instrumentation issues that a properly trained pilot flying within his skill level, could have found a better landing site than on a mountainside. They are very lucky and thankfully no rescuers were injured, or worse.
Ken Bravogel 1
yet another case where the pilot ran out of talent
Billy Byrd 1
Credit the heroes not myths
It is very good and Parrashut system in Cirrus planes.
Now question here is,despite of this system is proved system, then why Airplane Regulater of USA, which recognised world aviation industry, not make force to adopt and instal on every plane passing and issue flying worthiness certificate.of the is surprise.
M20ExecDriver 5
Pilots are supposed to know how to fly, not depend on a fail safe system. Besides it would add a large increased cost in producing an aircraft.
militello 1
Is there a chance he just had a frozen pitot tube and saw his airspeed dropping?
Art Pauly 1
The rescuers are the heros here. I learned to fly in a taildragger. My instructors have always taught me that in any emergency, fly the airplane. Unless there is an inflight structural failure, you keep control, find out what's wrong and look for a place for a controlled landing if you can't solve the problem. Learn to fly the airplane rather than rely on glass panels and a BRS when the glass fails.
Jeff Gross 1
Article ends with 422 lives saved on a 4 person aircraft? Lots of chutes deployed!
sharon bias 0
The hand of God was on their shoulders. The rescuers were amazing.
Haven Rich 1
Pilotage or video game operation?
M20ExecDriver 0
News article states they were upset they couldn't bring their luggage back with them.
Jason Pate -2
Glad he all worked out no matter what the cause....but amazing my a$$. Sounds like another crappy cirrus pilot who put more value in his plane’s chute then his sub-par pilot skills. He probably choose right. I have no idea what the situation, you don’t either, but if I spent no time training or keeping up my skills I would have probably pulled the chute too. But while this guy was waiting in the snow, I feel pretty good I would have been in the FBO drinking coffee and not calling insurance agent.


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