On the eve of the US Parachute Association’s Skydiving Safety Day, a plane and a skydiver collided in mid-air at an airfield in Polk County, Florida. Miraculously, both the people involved in the mishap survived with minor injuries. The incident happened a few yards above the runway of South Lakeland Airport.

The people involved in the accident were 87-year-old pilot Sharon Trembley and John Frost, a 49-year-old skydiver from Gainesville. The incident happened when Mr. Trembley, a veteran pilot flying since 1946 attempted landing the small single-engine Cessna at the airport. At the same time, Mr. Frost was trying to land his parachute as well. Around 75 feet in the air, the skydiver drew too close to the aircraft after which the wings of the plane got entangled with the lines of Frost’s parachute. Within seconds, the plane nosedived to the ground and crashed. Frost on the other hand was first flipped in the air and then flung to the ground. Both Frost and Trembley received immediate medical care and were transported to a nearby hospital where the skydiver was treated for minor injuries and released hours later. It was later revealed that Frost had received five stitches to his chin and injured his trachea.

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Source: Orlando Sentinel