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Skydiver, pilot treated after midair accident

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MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) - 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 observations.

The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA are investigating

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davprimost March 08 2014 at 8:47 PM

First of all, sky divers and parachuters announce their times and intentions both on NOTAMS ( notices to airmen) and on the radio, "Jumpers Away" . Second of all, competent pilots monitor the radio frequency at the airport for air traffic and such other activities. Competent pilots stay out of the way of competing traffic, especially when practicing landings at active airports. Age has nothing to do with him keeping his certificate but it sure is a breach of good judgment which should be reviewed. From a first look, without going into a full investigation, this appears to be case of pilot error.

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skipdude37 davprimost March 09 2014 at 4:12 AM

Well said. Good statement of the rules and common sense. There is a small margin for error in this activity.

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jijjhnsn March 08 2014 at 6:30 PM

Another news poor news reporting.

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Wayne March 09 2014 at 8:14 AM

Sky diving onto an active airport seems to be the equivalent to sticking your hand into a running blender...the results cannot be good.

Sorry, but you clowns who, for some unknown application of twisted logic, want to blame the age of the pilot defy reason.

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psfolly March 08 2014 at 7:22 PM

l am happy that both are well, Whether it is 49 yr, old skydiver or 87 yr, old pilot. Pretend it is a Spencer Tracy and Kathryn Hepburn movie,

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pontificio psfolly March 08 2014 at 7:49 PM

Yup.... They're both dead!

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Connie March 08 2014 at 7:35 PM

The pilot must be fit or they wouldn't allow him to take a plane out. How dare the skydiver didn't "yield" the pilot had the right of way. LOL!! On a serious note sure pleased to hear they are both doing fine. Lastly , age is just a number it doesn't determine how one feels physically. If you really paid attention, you would be surprised to see how spry and active some older folks are . Enough of the remarks regarding old people. Good Bless them all.

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pontificio Connie March 09 2014 at 7:07 AM

Just like everyone who gets behind the wheel of a car must be sober, right? Otherwise "they" wouldn't left him drive.

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CINDY MCCOY March 08 2014 at 7:36 PM

My husband is a ret navy seal and at 67 he can still run the 1.5 mile in time tha a 20 yo would have to do, He can still swin the 5 mile swin with full battle gear/You have to keep yourself in shape/Condem older people around him you might have your hands full

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gmgpjandon CINDY MCCOY March 08 2014 at 8:15 PM

Cindy, there are at least one exception to every fact. I'm eighty one and I know of which I speak. Were I living in a large metro area, I would turn my D.L. May the Lord help large city dwellers.

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tgocdo CINDY MCCOY March 08 2014 at 8:37 PM


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bradbarb69 March 08 2014 at 7:40 PM

I did NOT say he was practicing.Anyone with a pilots license KNOWS you are required to do T &L's to maintain your license

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utuwle March 09 2014 at 5:07 AM

I have around 100+ parachute jumps both civilian and milatary.first time I've ever heard of a plane and jumper haveing contact and the jumper not ending up in a least two parts.damn lucky day,but what were the jumper and plane doing in the same air space somebody screwed up.
every time I jumped if the air field was the dz once the jump plane got over the field it was closed to other traffic.although I did damn near hit one of those para planes

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cfdowell2 March 08 2014 at 9:25 PM

i am a skydiver and a pilot. let them do their investigation. knowing the traffic pattern i would not have steered my canopy that close to the traffic pattern. but on the other hand as a pilot you have to be on the lookout and pay attention to announcements on the radio. jumpers generally pull at 3500 feet so the skydiver had been under a flyable canopy for some time and should have maneuvered away from the runway.

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Richard March 09 2014 at 1:23 AM

No control tower and two turf runways. Plane had already done two touch and go passes, and beginning a third pass. What is it that the skydiving aircraft didn't notice with its parachtutists dropping over the airport? The skydiving aircraft recklessly entered another aircraft area of operations; simple communication with other aircraft or short wait would have mitigated an accident.

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clflyguy88 Richard March 09 2014 at 1:06 PM


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