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Friday 29 August 2014

Miracle escape as pilot (87) and skydiver collide

Associated Press

Published 10/03/2014 | 02:30

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A small private plane piloted by Sharon Trembley crashes to the ground after getting tangled in the parachute of  skydiver John Frost before crashing to the ground at South Lakeland Airport March 8, 2014
A small private plane piloted by Sharon Trembley crashes to the ground after getting tangled in the parachute of skydiver John Frost
A small private plane piloted by Sharon Trembley gets tangled in the parachute of  skydiver John Frost before crashing to the ground at South Lakeland Airport March 8, 2014
A small private plane piloted by Sharon Trembley gets tangled in the parachute of skydiver John Frost before crashing to the ground

A skydiver and a pilot had a lucky escape when an aeroplane became entangled in the strings of the skydiver's parachute, sending both crashing into the ground near Tampa, Florida.

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Polk County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carrie Eleazer said pilot Shannon Trembley (87) was doing takeoff and landing manoeuvres on Saturday in his Cessna light aircraft at the South Lakeland Airport in Mulberry.

On his third landing, the wing of his plane became entangled in the strings of 49-year-old skydiver John Frost's parachute near the ground.

Mr Frost was flung to the ground, and Mr Trembley's plane nose-dived. Neither sustained serious injury, but went to hospital. Mr Frost was treated and released. Mr Trembley was held for observation.

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