Plane collides with skydiver: No serious injuries

A skydiver who collided with a Cessna aircraft in midair Saturday near Tampa, Fla., says he'll jump again. Both the pilot and the skydiver escaped the collision with only minor injuries.

By , Associated Press

A skydiver who suffered minor injuries 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.

On Saturday, his parachute got entangled with an aircraft piloted by 87-year-old Shannon L. Trembely.

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Officials say Trembely was practicing 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.

 "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," photographer Tim Telford told CBS affiliate Channel 10 news in Tampa, Fla.

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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