Skydiver, pilot survive midair collision

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Mulberry, FL, United States (4E) – An 87-year-old pilot practicing a landing and takeoff maneuver collided with a skydiver about to land at the South Lakeland Airport in Mulberry, Florida on Saturday but both suffered minor injuries.

Sharon Trembley, a World War II veteran piloting a single-enigne Cessna plane, tried to avoid 49-year-old John S. Frost of Gainsville but the passenger-side wing of his plane caught the lines of the skydiver’s parachute. The wings and lines got entangled and Frost was dragged through the air like a rag-doll, flipped and then flung to the ground.

Trembley lost control of the aircraft causing it to nosedive.

The 11 a.m. collision 75 feet in the air was caught on camera by a tourist from Ohio.

The skydiver and pilot were taken to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Frost was released Saturday while Trembley remained under observation until Sunday. He suffered a crack in his trachea and got five stitches in his chin, according to the hospital.

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