Mixed Reviews for Small Plane Parachute NPR's Chris Arnold reports on a controversial airplane parachute system designed to save the entire craft and its passengers. The 80-pound, rocket-propelled chute saved one pilot's life earlier this month. Some experts say this ground-breaking new technology is only part of a series of new innovations designed to protect small planes. But some pilots aren't convinced that the parachute, or the Cirrus airplanes they're made for, are the best bet for safe flying.
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Mixed Reviews for Small Plane Parachute

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Mixed Reviews for Small Plane Parachute

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Mixed Reviews for Small Plane Parachute

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NPR's Chris Arnold reports on a controversial airplane parachute system designed to save the entire craft and its passengers. The 80-pound, rocket-propelled chute saved one pilot's life earlier this month. Some experts say this ground-breaking new technology is only part of a series of new innovations designed to protect small planes. But some pilots aren't convinced that the parachute, or the Cirrus airplanes they're made for, are the best bet for safe flying.