Small plane, skydiver in spectacular collision

Last updated 09:42 10/03/2014
Polk County Sheriff

A skydiver was sent flying when a light plane and parachute collided in Florida. neither the pilot nor the skydiver were seriously hurt.

Plane v parachute
Polk County Sheriff's Office Zoom
The Cessna hits the parachute.

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A plane became entangled in the strings of a skydiver's parachute, sending both crashing into the ground near Tampa, Florida, with both the pilot and jumper hospitalised with minor injuries.

Polk County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carrie Eleazer says 87-year-old pilot Shannon Trembley was doing takeoff and landing manoeuvres on Saturday (local time) in his Cessna at the South Lakeland Airport in Mulberry.

On his third landing pass, the wing of his plane became entangled in the strings of 49-year-old Gainesville skydiver John Frost's parachute about 75 feet (23 metres) above the ground.

Frost was flung to the ground, and Trembley's plan nose-dived to the surface as well.

Eleazer says neither sustained serious injury, but went to the hospital. Frost was treated and released. Trembley was held for observation.

The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA are investigating.

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- AP

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