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Plane Deploys Parachute, Lands on Highway by High School in Northwest Arkansas

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    Plane Deploys Parachute, Lands on Highway by High School in Northwest Arkansas
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    2005 Cirrus SR-22 (Stock Photo)

    A small plane with oil pressure problems slowly drifted back to the ground under a parachute in northwestern Arkansas Tuesday.

    Twitter users recorded video of the plane as it fell to the ground near Fayetteville High School, not far from the University of Arkansas and the city's Drake Field airport.

    FAA records show the plane is a 2014 single-engine Cirrus SR-22T.

    A witness said it appeared airplane parts had fallen on the high school campus before the plane deployed its parachute and landed near a "No Parking" sign on Arkansas 16, which is also known as Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

    The Cirrus aircraft was equipped with the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS), which is "designed to protect occupants in the event of an emergency by lowering the aircraft to the ground after deployment," the manufacturer said on their website.

    Fayetteville police said three people had been flying from Bentonville to Waco, Texas. Police said one of the three people aboard suffered a minor injury.

    The highway is five lanes wide, wide enough to accommodate a small plane.

    Earlier this summer, a pilot and passenger suffered only minor injuries when they deployed a parachute from a Cirrus SR-22 over Houston after encountering engine trouble.

    In that emergency, the plane came down in a grassy area of a residential neighborhood.