Cirrus Wreck Raises Special Concerns...

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First Responders At Risk?

A Cirrus SR22 crashed in Minnesota on Sunday night, killing the pilot and two passengers. When rescuers reached the crash site, questions arose about the safety of approaching the wreck. "There's an explosive charge that sends that parachute up, that hampered the investigation to some degree," Lincoln County Sheriff Jack Vizecky told the local KeloLand TV. Such concerns are legitimate, according to Bill King, a Cirrus vice president who oversees investigations. "As a practical matter, we would rather that if the first responders don't need to go in, that they didn't," he told AVweb on Tuesday. "We don't want somebody to get hurt." The wreck was found about 2 a.m. Monday morning southeast of Ivanhoe by a Civil Air Patrol pilot. Weather overnight was reported as cold, foggy and drizzling. The parachute had been deployed, but it was not clear whether it had been manually deployed or deployed on impact.