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Plane hits skydiver: Skydiver, 87-year-old WWII pilot survive airborne collision

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Both the skydiver and pilot survived this airborne collision.

A skydiver that had almost touched ground was involved in a freak accident Saturday morning in Mulberry, Polk County, Florida. A small plane, piloted by an 87-year-old WWII veteran, snagged the man’s parachute and tossed him 75 feet into the air.

According to My Fox Tampa on Saturday, Sharon Trembley, a World War II vet, was “doing touch-and-goes in his private Cessna at the South Lakeland Airport; that's when a plane touches down briefly then takes off again.”

During Trembley’s third pass, the wings of his plane snagged the skydiver's parachute, worn by 49-year-old John Frost from Gainesville, cutting some of the chute’s strings and flipping Frost over. Both the skydiver and the plane then crashed to the ground. The men were injured and are being treated for minor injuries.

Photographer Tim Telford was on hand and took a series of 41 pictures that show the scary accident, second by second.

“I have never seen anything like this and this is the last thing I thought I'd see today,” Telford said.

Paul Fuller, one of Trembly's friends who witnessed the crash, said: “I thought they were both seriously hurt. We rushed over there He's a pretty good pilot. He's been flying all of his life, probably 60 some-odd years.”

As they do in all such incidents, the National Transportation Safety Board and FAA are investigating.

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