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Safety issue during rescue of Cirrus

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Issued by Stuart Davies, Emergency Management Officer, NSW Police: Some civil general aviation aircraft types are filled with Rocket-deployed emergency recovery parachutes. These parachute systems are designed to recover the aircraft and passengers to the ground if a serious in-flight emergency arises. These parachute systems are launched by a rocket installed in the aircraft. Therefore presenting an inherent danger to responding Police & Emergency service personnel to aircraft crashes.… (www.police.nsw.gov.au) Mais...

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linbb
linbb 1
I understand what the issue is but what this contained said nothing about an issue with the responders so????
preacher1
preacher1 1
I had the same question. By the same token, unless it happened fast & low, a chute would be blasted high for descent, and if so, the rocket/explosive has been discharged. What's the problem????
bentwing60
bentwing60 1
Clear as mud. I think what he didn't say, and Boyd may allude to, is what happens when the first responders show up, start trying to remove injured people from a severely damaged airframe, and the previously undeployed ballistic recovery system deploys while someone in the way is busy extracting people? They may be dealing with a hand grenade they didn't even know was there. A hangar buddy and I once fired off a BRS from a dead ultralight, on the ramp and from a distance and produced quite a bang. After that I don't even want to set off an airbag!
preacher1
preacher1 1
Well, I know what he is trying to say and he is ESO for some PD somewhere, and it is a legitimate concern that probably nobody else has thought about but #1, isn't a Cirrus the only on with the chute and isn't it marked, kinda like an airbag and toward the tail? I never have seen one; just askin'.
bentwing60
bentwing60 1
Didn't say you didn't! And according to a buddy who was a former service director for a Cirrus regional maintenance facility they are badged as basically a bomb. (Placard) Conceding that I don't know a Cirrus. Below is the answer and presumably more BRS equipped airframes to come. Cirrus is the only factory installation that I am aware of. Doesn't make it the only one. I suspect someone has thought about it, like Stuart Davies, et.al. I would like to think that the aviation side of the emergengy responder system will begin to disseminate some form of info. hopefully before someone gets killed, as this is clearly hazmat even if the FAA doesn't respond to the downstream side of a certified BRS.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballistic_Recovery_Systems

Sorry, don't know how to make it a link. cut and paste
preacher1
preacher1 1
Didn't mean it like that. You did just fine on the link. I had no idea they were that widespread. I'm like your buddy, if they ain't placarded they need to be and there does need to be widespread dissemination among EMS and first responders

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