10 May 2014

Aircraft parachute saves plane in crash

10:37 pm on 10 May 2014

Four people have survived a light plane crash after the pilot activated an aircraft parachute while 4000 feet off the ground in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

The plane had landed in the front yard of a home.

The police say the four men on board escaped without serious injury.

Witnesses have described seeing the plane spiral down before deploying a parachute and making a soft landing, after the motor had cut out.

The company that makes the parachute says that, as of January this year, 85 lives have been saved when pilots or passengers have activated the system.