Interesting footage of a Cirrus ditching in the Pacific Ocean filmed by a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 Hercules.
On Jan. 26, a Cirrus SR-22 plane on delivery flight across the Pacific from San Francisco Bay area to a customer in Australia, was forced to perform a (successful) ditching off Hawaii, after running out of fuel.
The aircraft was supposed to perform a stopover at the Hawaii, but it failed to reach the destination because of a broken valve, which made the extra fuel tanks carried by the SR-22 to extend its endurance from 5 to 14 hours, unavailable.
The pilot tried to get as closer as possible to a ferry, about 250 from Maui, then deploy the safety parachute and come down to the surface of the sea.
A U.S. Coast Guard C-130 supporting the rescue operation filmed the Cirrus as it deployed the chute and came to a somehow gentle impact with the water.
The pilot was recovered about 20 minutes later.
USCG needs a few jet amphibs. Used to see all kind of interesting ferry AC transiting HNL park on the east side ramp.
The Navy was developing a jet amphibian bomber back during the cold war, it never got anywhere because of the Air Force and the development of the ballistic missile sub. It was the Martin P6M.
Sure doesn’t say much for the planes manufacturer. 51 chutes deployed so far. Good thing they put the chutes in.
NASA tech at work
Ferry flight a one engined aircraft across the Pacific, why not ship it on a boat????