News of death came just before funeral for slain Draper officer
The article quotes Utah County Sheriff Jim Tracy as saying that "some of the
safety features on the plane deployed during the crash". The
skycraftairplanes website lists two safety features that might qualify:
emergency locator transmitter and "optional ballistic parachute can be
pulled anywhere above an altitude of 500 feet, and will gently drop the airplane
level with the ground at 7 feet/second". Since the Sheriff referred to
safety features (plural), perhaps both were activated. He also said that the
deployment of safety features would be part of the NTSB investigation. Probably
the plane did not return to the ground at 7 feet per second.
Being a law enforcement officer in Utah is turning into a very dangerous
profession. On and off duty.
Looks like some kind of home made contraption.