Plane Collides With Skydiver In Mid-Air

The 87-year-old pilot crashed into the skydiver while practising taking off.

1. Pilot Shannon Trembley was performing take-off and landing manoeuvres at the South Lakeland Airport in Florida when the accident occurred.

AP/Polk County Sheriff’s Office/Tim Telford

2. Photographs of the incident show Trembley’s Cessna plane colliding with skydiver John Frost, 47.

AP/Polk County Sheriff’s Office/Tim Telford

3. The incident caused both to crash to the ground.

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4. The pair miraculously escaped with minor injuries.

AP/Polk County Sheriff’s Office/Tim Telford

5. Photographer Tim Telford, who captured the mid-air collision, said: ‘I thought I’d have very exciting pics of a close flyby. Never in a million years did I think I’d see what I saw.

AP/Polk County Sheriff’s Office/Tim Telford

6. ‘The plane caught the side of the canopy, flipped the plane 180 degrees and flipped the skydiver into the air.

AP/Polk County Sheriff’s Office/Tim Telford

‘You heard the airplane hit the parachute, which sounded like you falling on your face into your pillow; a “woof” sound.’

Trembley was held in hospital for observation following the crash, while Frost was treated and then released.

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