...And Canadian SR20 Floats 9,000 Feet To A Touchdown
On Friday, Canadian pilot Albert Kolk was flying on autopilot late Thursday night when "for some reason one wing dropped and it started to get out of control," he told the Calgary Herald. Unable to recover and losing altitude, he pulled the chute at about 9,000 feet. "We came down safe and sound and just stepped out of the plane," Kolk said. "It did substantial damage to my plane, but nobody got hurt. ... It's amazing." Bolinger, citing local news reports, said he understood that the aircraft had encountered severe turbulence over the mountains. Bolinger also said Cirrus has sent representatives to both sites to aid in the crash investigations. Kolk and his passengers waited with the aircraft for several hours before rescuers were able to reach them, Bolinger said. Kolk had radioed their position to a passing airliner.