Small plane ices up near Gunnison, pilot deploys parachute system

Plane flying from Centennial Airport

GUNNISON, Colo. - A pilot flying from the Denver area to Arizona was forced to deploy his plane's parachute system when the aircraft encountered light icing northeast of Gunnison, Colo., Friday afternoon.

The pilot issued a mayday distress call before his plane went down.

The single-engine Cirrus SR22 landed by parachute about 21 miles northeast of Gunnison, according to Ian Gregor, Public Affairs Manager of the FAA's Pacific Division.

The plane was substantially damaged but the pilot was not injured, Gregor said.

The unidentified pilot was flying from Centennial Airport to Colorado City Municipal Airport in Colorado City, Ariz.

The FAA and NTSB will investigate this accident. NTSB is the lead investigative agency, Gregor said.

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