Photos capture plane, skydiver colliding in Florida

MULBERRY, Florida - A plane and a skydiver collided at an airfield near Lakeland Saturday, and amazingly both survived with minor injuries.

The incident happened midday Saturday when 87-year-old Sharon Trembley was doing takeoff and landing maneuvers in his private Cessna airplane from the South Lakeland Airport, reports CBS affiliate WTSP in Tampa Bay.

On Trembley's third pass, the passengers-side wing of his plane became entangled and then cut the strings of skydiver John S. Frost as he was descending.

Both were less than 75 feet in the air.

Frost was flipped and then flung to the ground, while Trembley's plane nosedived.

Photographer Tim Telford happened to have a camera at the ready, and he caught the entire incident.

"Thought I'd have very exciting pics of a close flyby," Telford told WTSP. "Never in a million years did I think I'd see what I saw."

Both men were transported by ambulance to Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Frost was treated and released, while Trembley was held for observation. Neither were seriously hurt.

Telford told WTSP he thought is was a a miracle: "The plane caught the side of the canopy, flipped the plane 180 degrees and flipped the skydiver into the air. You heard the airplane hit the parachute, which sounded like you falling on your face into your pillow; a 'woof' sound."

By coincidence, Saturday's accident happened on the U.S. Parachute Association's skydiving Safety Day.

Comments

Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Watch Now

New Android App

For your Android phone and tablet, download the FREE redesigned app, featuring CBSN, live 24/7 news.

Download
The all new
CBS News App for Android® for iPad® for iPhone®
Fully redesigned. Featuring CBSN, 24/7 live news. Get the App