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Giant parachute saves three people in plane crash

THREE people have survived a light plane crash after the pilot activated an aircraft parachute while 4,000 feet off the ground in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

Police were called to Sayers Street in Lawson about 2:10pm on Saturday after receiving reports that a plane had landed in the front yard of a home.

Police say the four men on board escaped without serious injury. One has been taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

There was some minor damage to the property's fence and nearby powerlines as a result of the unexpected landing.

Witnesses have described seeing the plane spiral down before deploying a parachute and making a "soft" landing.

Read more at ABC news online.