On Tuesday evening, a small plane headed for Danbury Municipal Airport in Connecticut crash-landed two miles from its destination.
The single-engine Cirrus SR20's recovery parachute deployed and cushioned the crash, saving the lives of all three men onboard.
"They were very shaken, but physically they were fine, um, they didn't need to go to the hospital and lives were saved, there's no question about it," Danbury airport official Michael Safranek told WTNH.
The plane's pilot reported experiencing engine difficulties five miles from the airport, the Stamford Advocate reports. He deployed the orange-and-white bull's-eye-patterned parachute when the half-million-dollar aircraft was just two miles out.
"It's a safety feature like an airbag in a car," said aviation mechanic DevonRead More »from Airplane recovery parachute saves three lives in Connecticut crash