The Cirrus community reached a significant safety milestone today: in the past 12 months, there have been an equal number of CAPS saves as fatal accidents -- 8 each.
When the Cirrus SR2X aircraft were introduced with the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS), many of us anticipated the day when more people would survive bad situations in the air than died in fatal accidents. As of today, we've seen 8 fatal accidents since the accident on 11 July 2012 at Moscow, TN, and 8 CAPS saves including Pickens, SC on 22 July 2012. Interestingly, the number of people who survived in the CAPS saves exceeds the number of people who died in fatal accidents, 19 to 11.
Note: the NTSB accident database does not record all of the Cirrus fatal accidents or CAPS saves because several of them occurred outside of the US or in airplanes not registered in the US.
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