Mulberry, FL — Cars hitting pedestrians is a sad fact of life, but planes colliding with skydivers? You don't hear that too often, but it happened over the weekend in Florida. What's really amazing is both the pilot and the parachutist are okay, Nick Valencia has the story.
A heart stopping collision caught on camera, a sky diver, moments from landing, gets clipped by a small plane.
In a series of photos you can see the plane's wing becomes entangled in the strings of John Frost's parachute about 75 feet off the ground, tossing the 49 year-old skydiver i the air. The plane traveling roughly 60 miles per hour, lost control and nose dived to the surface.
Tim Telford, Photographer, "The plane caught the side of the canopy and spun the airplane completely 180 degrees, flipped the sky diver up into the air, you heard the airplane and the airplane impacted the parachute which sounded like you falling face first into your pillow."
The amateur photographer said he sensed something was about to happen when he saw the plane and skydiver both about to touch down, "I thought I was going to have a very exciting picture of a very close fly but I never in a million years thought I would see what I saw. It was just bad time - right place wrong time."
Miraculously both men walked away from the scene with minor injuries. Friends and family counting their blessings both are going to be okay, Paul Fuller, Neighbor of Pilot, "I'm tickled to death neither one of them was seriously injured."
According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office the plane's pilot, 87 year-old Sharon Trembley, was practicing landing and taking off in his Cessna before the incident.
Both the NTSB and the FAA are now investigating this mid-air scare.