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Skydiver And Plane Collide In Mid-Air

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Photos taken by Tim Telford-Witness, photographer for Sky Dive Tampa Bay Photos taken by Tim Telford-Witness, photographer for Sky Dive Tampa Bay

Two men were injured this weekend when a plan collided with a parachute of a skydiver in Mulberry FL.

The pilot, 87 year old Sharon Trembley, a WWII was, practicing touch and goes in his private Cessna at South Lake Airport. Touch and go is when the plane touches the ground briefly then takes off again.

During his third touchdown, the passenger side wing of his plane clipped a skydiver's parachute, cutting the chute and tossing the skydiver into the air about 75-feet above the ground.

"I have never seen anything like," said Tim Telford. He captured the pictures of the midair collision as it happened.

The skydiver, 49-year-old John Frost of Gainesville, was flung to the earth. The plane then nose-dived into the ground.

"I thought they were both seriously hurt. We rushed over there," said Paul Fuller, one of Trembly's friends who was also watching from the ground. "He's a pretty good pilot. He's been flying all of his life, probably 60 some-odd years."

Both men were taken to the hospital. Neither was seriously injured.

Frost was treated and released. Trembley was being held for observation.

"You always hear the negatives about somebody died or somebody this, that or the other. Both these guys  walked away unscathed," Telford said. "A scratch here, a bruise there and I think both are just happy to be here today."

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