The whole-airplane recovery parachute was found deployed at the crash site, near railroad tracks not far from the airport. No one on the ground was injured. It is not clear from the NTSB report when the pilot activated the chute, perhaps because investigators are not yet clear on that timing. Based on the severity of the damage to the airplane -- there was a ground scar, indicating a violent impact, and a wing and two prop blades were separated from the airplane at the crash site -- it is possible that the chute was deployed at the last moment or activated due to the force of the crash. It is also not clear whether the chute slowed the airplane, lessening the forces in the crash. The NTSB will surely look into all of those questions as it conducts its investigation.