The Chute Release: How It Felt

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"I pulled the chute and got a sudden jolt against the seatbelt," Day told BRS. "The nose pitched down and very quickly leveled itself and in less than a minute we were on the ground." All three exited the airplane, and a call was placed to 911. The Childersburg Fire Department responded, and the group was taken to the fire station. Later, as the three drove back to Atlanta by car, they spoke with BRS via cellphone from a barbeque restaurant, happy and relieved. "This is how we think any aircraft incident should come to a close, with somebody getting on a cellphone and calling home," Bill King, the vice president of business administration for Cirrus, told NBC-13 News. To date, the parachute system has been deployed six times and 12 lives have been saved, Cirrus says.