Feb 6, 2011 2:06 PM by AP

Pilot had vertigo before deploying plane parachute

DENVER (AP) - Investigators say the pilot of a small plane reported he was suffering from vertigo when he activated an airframe parachute system that carried the aircraft to the ground in Elbert County east of Denver.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot suffered minor injuries and the Cirrus SR-22 airplane had substantial damage from the Jan. 30 accident.

The agency released its preliminary report late Friday. The report says pilot was practicing nighttime approaches at Front Range Airport at about 6 a.m. The report says the plane was turning right when it accelerated and went into a severe angle relative to the ground. The report says the pilot couldn't regain control because of vertigo so he activated the parachute.

The report doesn't list the plane's altitude at the time.

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