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SR-22 ditched in Pacific Ocean en-route to HawaiiThe U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a distress call from a single engine aircraft running out of fuel approximately 975 miles north of the Big Island. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...
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If that was a delivery flight as posted by Jeff Lawson below, there almost had to be something to knock out the fuel. Ditching and rescue were wonderful. Kudos to both the Coast guard and the cruise ship, and thanks to you for finding and posting this video.
Yes, it was a brand new Cirrus SR22 being delivered to Australia. The ferry flight was to stop in Maui for refueling.
There's a post in the discussion to the original link stating that the transfer mechanism for the extra fuel tanks failed, so the plane went down with 25 gallons on board.
Very nice video.. The pilot looked down right relaxed in the life raft after the exit... Thanks for posting.
Thank you for posting this amazing video. Pilot was lucky that the wind blew the chute to the other side of the aircraft so there was less chance of getting tangled in the cords. The aircraft flipping over was pretty scary. Glad the pilot made it out OK.
The "cords" are about 60 feet away from the aircraft, which is attached by 4 Kevlar straps to a ring where the actual cords (shrouds) are attached. So with any wind at all, the likelihood of getting tangled up in the cords is minimal. But your point about being lucky regarding which side he ended up on is still valid, because if it was 180 degrees from how it ended up the airplane could have flipped on top of him in the raft instead of away from him.