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Skydiver, pilot injured in midair tangle with plane

The plane nose dived 75 feet into the ground when the parachute got entangled and they were both seriously injured; the skydiver says he'll jump again


The Associated Press

MULBERRY, Fla. — 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.

This photo released by the Polk County Sheriff's Office shows a plane nose-diving into the ground after getting tangled with a parachutist, left, Saturday March 8, 2014, at the South Lakeland Airport in Mulberry, Fla. Both the pilot and jumper hospitalized with minor injuries. (AP Photo/Polk County Sheriff's Office, Tim Telford)
This photo released by the Polk County Sheriff's Office shows a plane nose-diving into the ground after getting tangled with a parachutist, left, Saturday March 8, 2014, at the South Lakeland Airport in Mulberry, Fla. Both the pilot and jumper hospitalized with minor injuries. (AP Photo/Polk County Sheriff's Office, Tim Telford)

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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