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Plane's parachute saves three in crash

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DANBURY, Conn. (AP) - The pilot of a small plane has escaped serious injury along with two other men on board after deploying the plane's parachute and going down near a Danbury road.

Danbury Municipal Airport Administrator Paul Estefan tells the Danbury News-Times the plane was coming from Groton Tuesday evening when the pilot deployed the parachute because of an unspecific mechanical problem. The plane went down near South Street and Wixted Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. The parachute caught in power lines. Power was temporarily cut to remove it.

Assistant airport administrator Mike Safranek said the pilot deployed the Cirrus aircraft's chute two miles from the airport. He said the pilot is a licensed instructor who was giving a lesson to a student. The third man was the student's friend.

The men were taken to Danbury Hospital with non-lifethreatening injuries.

 

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