Skydiver collides with plane, says he'll jump again

Skydiver collides with plane, says he'll jump again

Credit: Tim Telford/Polk County Sheriff's Office

A small private plane piloted by Sharon Trembley crashes to the ground after getting tangled in skydiver Steve Frost's parachute on March 8.

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by Associated Press, NBC

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Posted on March 10, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 10 at 11:21 AM

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

Polk County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carrie Eleazer says 87-year-old pilot Shannon Trembley was doing takeoff and landing maneuvers Saturday 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 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.

Below NBC segment with interviews with Trembley and Eleazer

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