A single-engine Cirrus SR22 airplane crash landed under a parachute in a Dunn County cornfield near Sand Creek Wednesday morning, Nov. 21.
The male pilot, the only occupant, was not injured, according to responders at the scene, which was located near the intersection of 1450th Ave (Barron-Dunn Avenue) and 930th Street (23rd Street). The incident happened around 11 a.m.
The SR22 Turbo is equipped with a "ballistic recovery system," which is a rocket-deployed parachute that the pilot or passenger can activate in an emergency. In this case, the pilot apparently had some sort of trouble with the aircraft and deployed the parachute.
The parachute is not steerable and this aircraft landed on top of an irrigator, damaging the irrigator.
It was not immediately clear what the problem with plane was. Hunters in the area heard the plane flying over the area and one heard a loud bang, likely the parachute system being activated.
The pilot, from Duluth, Minn., was flying from Cumberland to Akron, Ohio, according to the Dunn County Sheriff's Office.
Dunn County sheriff's deputies, Sand Creek Fire and Colfax Ambulance responded to the scene.
An investigator from the Federal Aviation Administration was headed to the site to investigate the incident, the DCSO said.
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