Second Cirrus Crash In Week Kills Three

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The second crash of a Cirrus SR22 last week has killed three people near Hood River, Ore. In both accidents, it is unclear whether the aircraft's full-plane parachute system had been deployed. Pilot Paul Linck, 41, of White Salmon, Wash., and passengers Brook Campbell, 26, of Stevenson, Wash., and 34-year-old Chris Jones of Hood River, died when their plane crashed on a ridge about five miles from Hood River. As AVweb told you Thursday, a Georgia man died when his SR22 crashed into a house in Coconut Creek, Fla. The three men killed in the most recent crash were on a night flight from Salem, Ore., to Hood River. Linck cancelled his IFR flight plan shortly after departure. News reports didn't mention whether the plane's emergency parachute had been deployed. In the earlier Florida crash, the parachute was found spread over the ground but it's not clear if the pilot deployed it or it was released on impact. The two crashes came as Ballistic Recovery Systems, which makes the Cirrus parachute, announced that 18 more lives had been saved by pilots pulling the handle. Three of those crashes involved Cirruses and at least six people were involved.