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Injured Florida skydiver says he'll jump again

Plane and Skydiver Collide Mid-Air

MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) - A skydiver injured when a small plane crashed into him near Tampa, Fla., says he'll jump again as soon as he feels safe.

Forty-nine-year-old John Frost told ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview that aired Monday that he's sore and has some bruises, but no broken bones.

On Saturday, his parachute got entangled with an aircraft piloted by 87-year-old Shannon L. Trembely.

Officials say Trembely was doing takeoff and landing maneuvers in his Cessna near the South Lakeland Airport when he encountered Frost on his third landing pass. They were about 75 feet above the ground.

Trembley's Cessna nose-dived into the ground. Frost was also tossed to the ground. Both men were taken to the hospital but escaped serious injury.

The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA are investigating.

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davprimost March 10 2014 at 2:30 PM

First of all, a pilot is supposed to check the traffic and avoid any conflicts. He is supposed to read the NOTAMS ( notices to pilots) which announced that parachutists were in the area and the times that they would be jumping.
Second of all, a pilot is supposed to monitor his radio in the area of this type of airport. If he did, he would have heard that parachutists were in the area and he would have heard the announcement, "Jumpers Away."
This appears to be a case of pilot error and also an incident of poor judgment, both an extremely dangerous situation for this pilot and others using the airspace.

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EzinWy davprimost March 10 2014 at 2:52 PM

Poor judgement of skydivers jumping to land near an airport ...

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cashwellrp EzinWy March 10 2014 at 4:36 PM

It happenes more than you think.

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hpmustang1 davprimost March 10 2014 at 3:35 PM

Are you frigging nuts. There is no protocol that Pilots on a runway are required to look for Morons like this parachuter that can't land where he's supposed to. Hopefully the pilot is OK.

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cashwellrp hpmustang1 March 10 2014 at 4:42 PM

I don't think you read the story that is posted here. For one the pilot was not on a runway. He was in the air either taking off or landing. It sounds like this is a small non-controlled field, not a full service airport.

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gliverson March 10 2014 at 10:42 AM

Skydiving is actually quite safe when you consider other things we do daily at a greater risk of life and limb. As a professional pilot, I avoid ANY area where there is skydiving because I have had several "near misses" with divers gliding right across the flight path of my aircraft landing in the pattern. Just as pilots have to learn to fly, even so skydivers have to learn to fly safely too. Such is life. Both of these fellas are lucky to be pretty much unhurt! At a higher altitude this would not have ended so well for either one. Good luck guys!

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ftuna2u2 March 10 2014 at 11:43 AM

Now that would qualify for a clean pair of shorts….

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Carl March 10 2014 at 12:04 PM

Ok, let me see, let me parachute into an airport, what could go wrong? Moron!!!!!!

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draeger24 March 10 2014 at 2:02 PM

it must be Bush's fault...

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ROBERT March 10 2014 at 10:09 AM

I do think we can point the finger of fault at the _________ , .............. yep thats the answer ! Well really, somebody had their H.U.A. !

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srbuckley44 March 10 2014 at 12:43 PM

Only thing funnier than skydiving injuries/deaths (they're not accidents, unless you fall out of the plane) is getting hit by some geezer that probably shouldn't be driving a car...Keep em coming!!

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flysalot2 srbuckley44 March 10 2014 at 1:18 PM

Stupid skydiver, don't land on the runway. You're not an airplane. Nothing wrong with the pilot. Duh!!!!!!

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hpmustang1 srbuckley44 March 10 2014 at 3:38 PM

A geezer? You frigging A Hole. You need to be checked annualy to be a pilot. How often do you get a physical to drive your car. You sound like a punk that knows nothing about FAA requirements.

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flymacfly hpmustang1 March 10 2014 at 4:53 PM

I think you need to review the FAR (Federal Air Regulations) before you speak. The parachutist has the right of way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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kkimmyv March 10 2014 at 1:19 PM

That Guy was lucky,so was the pilot! GL To the skydiver when he dives again.

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excontroller March 10 2014 at 5:35 PM

That Cessna driver needs his license revoked! He's obviously too damned old to be flying. He should've been able to SEE and avoid the skydiver, HOWEVER, that skydiver also should NOT have been where he could interfere with the traffic pattern of an airport. Both of those clowns are lucky, they oughta stay home from now on.

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eritchey March 10 2014 at 5:12 PM

Jumpers have right-of-way, pilots must "see and avoid"...per the regulations. End of story!

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