Plane Catches Skydiver’s Parachute; Both Crash, All Survive

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The wing of a small plane flying a few feet off the ground clipped the strings of a parachute Saturday in Florida, flinging the skydiver into the air and slamming the plane nose-first into grass.

Both pilot and skydiver survived.

In fact, neither the pilot nor the skydiver suffered serious injuries, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.

The pilot, 87-year-old Shannon Trembley, had been practicing landings and take-offs with his private Cessna at South Lakeland Airport near Tampa. During one of Trembley’s approaches Saturday morning, the passenger-side wing got caught in the strings of John Frost’s parachute as Frost came in for a landing.

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