BRS Records Saves Number 135, 136, 137 & 138; Rare Incident is #2 for the Same Pilot/Aircraft
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn., July 19 /PRNewswire/ – In an extremely rare event, an ultralight pilot in Germany has used his BRS emergency parachute system to save his life … for the second time! Helmet Grossklaus became BRS Save No. 135 after his trike-style ultralight suffered a catastrophic structural failure on Wednesday, 23 May, 2001. He escaped the harrowing incident, “without a scratch,” reports German BRS agent, Jurgen Schubert.
Mr. Grossklaus was towing hang gliders using his very sleek Silent Racer trike ultralight when another pilot suddenly turned his direction. In an attempt to avoid a mid-air collision that would have endangered both pilots, Grossklaus was forced to make a rapid maneuver that upset his aircraft. His Silent Racer was flipped violently enough to cause structural failure. “His wing totally collapsed!” said Schubert, who added that Grossklaus is the only human in history to have used his BRS rocket-deployed emergency parachute twice from the same aircraft.
On June 23rd, Wallace Clark deployed his BRS parachute, becoming No. 136 on the growing list of saves recorded by the South St. Paul, Minn.-based company. His engine developed problems shortly after take off from a tree-lined airport in Alabama. With the airfield a quarter mile behind him and no optional landing areas, Clark deployed his BRS from only 200 feet above ground. He landed in wood so dense that it took six hours to reach the plane when he and friends went to extract the mostly undamaged Hurricane ultralight.
While America celebrated its annual July 4th Independence Day, two more persons were spared their lives when the pilot had to deploy his BRS parachute after the wing failed on the Murphy Renegade, a Canadian biplane design. Bernd Vierling and Mr. Haag flew their Murphy Renegade in Germany when a high-G maneuver caused an interwing strut to fail rendering the aircraft unflyable. From 1,200 feet, the BRS lowered aircraft and occupants.
Each “save” is counted when one life is spared. The current total of 138 total saves represents 117 airborne incidents as 21 such catastrophes involved two persons on board the aircraft.