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Skydiver and pilot survive airborne collision (photos)

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Two men were hurt when a plane collided with the parachute of a skydiver Saturday morning in Mulberry. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says the pilot, 87-year-old Shannon Trembley, a WWII vet, was doing touch-and-goes in his private Cessna at the South Lakeland Airport. During his third pass, the passenger side wing of his plane became entangled in and then cut the strings of a skydiver's parachute 75 feet above the ground. (www.myfoxtampabay.com) More...

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dbaker
Daniel Baker 14
Those photos may be the most incredible I've ever seen. Truly a miracle that everyone survived.
bizjets101
biz jets 6
Wow - today's the day for that Skydiver to buy a Lotto Ticket!!
Amazing photographs!!
Bernie20910
Bernie Behling 2
Why buy a lotto ticket? It's pretty obvious that just used up all his luck.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
You are right about that one... Geez... Would not want to see a re-enactment.
bizjets101
biz jets 1
I was talking about the photographer ;)
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 2
The confusion comes in, I imagine, since you said "Skydiver".
rwf1001
Robert Fleming 1
not to mention the pilot of the plane that hit the ground.
falcon771
Correct me if I am wrong. but it does not look like either one were at 75 feet before, during or after the contact. Still, a lot higher than I would ever want to fall from.
babyracer
babyracer 3
Nope, you're not wrong. Given that the Cessna 140 has a wingspan just shy of 33 1/2 feet it's plainly obvious that he wasn't launched anywhere near 75 feet off the ground.
bravowren
bravowren 2
Looks more like a Cessna 170 to me.
babyracer
babyracer 2
You are indeed correct, I didn't look at the later pics with a better view.

Good pick up there bravowren ;) *salutes*
BenKFIT
Ben Lillie 0
Regardless, they both didn't get more than 50 ft. off the ground.
jimquinndallas
Jim Quinn 3
To catch these images in rapid succession is just unbelievable! Talk about the right place and time for the photographer! Unfortunately the opposite is true for the pilot and skydiver.... Thank goodness the outcome was not as bad as it could have been. Now I supposed we'll hear all about how older pilots should be grounded..
jpreston1
Josh Preston 3
Given the communications that occur during jumping ops it can be easy to place blame on the pilot (an obvious loss of situational awareness). That said, where I have jumped we are told to never cross a runway when landing. This is a point constantly reinforced by S&TA's and dropzone owners. Glad everyone is safe.
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 2
I have an inexpensive little Sony digital camera and even on that, if I simply continue holding down the shutter release it takes picture after picture in sequence, without pause. Perhaps that's how this was done.
kstj
Ed Tomlinson 1
Unless the jumper was in Class B or C airspace (unlikely or the tower would have advised the pilot) the aircraft would not be required to have a radio nor be communicating with anyone. Should have read NTOAMs and been aware of the potential hazard though.
Bernie20910
Bernie Behling 1
They're frame captures from video.
geharper
geharper 1
I guess I missed something somewhere. What indication is there that the pilot obviously lost institutional awareness? The airport was not closed to aircraft taking off and landing during the jumps was it? Did the jump plane also use the field for operations?
kstj
Ed Tomlinson 1
.....or Class D.... Typing faster than thinking.
bishops90
Brian Bishop 1
Not according to another article I read. Forgot where.
geharper
geharper 1
Situational awareness.
1rocky1
Walt Leuci 1
I agree...the pilot wasn't aware of the pending situation...the skydiver had a better view
TEAMERICA
Dan Egelhoff 2
I have a problem with the Title "Plane hits Skydiver". It seems to me the pilot and airplane were doing what they were supposed to be doing at an "Airport". Taking off of the runway. The Skydiver hit them while he was going the wrong way down the runway. Not to mention using a runway for dropping down vertically. Now, a veteran and airplane owner have a wrecked airplane not to mention his injuries. People that jump out of "good" airplanes and cause injury and damage to "perfectly good airplanes" should have their head examined.
1rocky1
Walt Leuci 2
Wonder how much it's gonna cost the skydiver to fix the acft
rwf1001
Robert Fleming 2
Thank God both people are ok after what are some unbelievably scary photos that someone took!
Navy65
Navy65 2
This accident is a long time in coming. For decades, the FAA has ignored the many and repeated violations of ALL of FAR 105 by the airport operator and its skydive company at South Lakeland Airpark (X49.
rwb2112
rwb2112 1
1rocky1
Walt Leuci 1
What concerns me & is scary is we are having to deal more & more with hang gliders, skydivers, gliders & other acft & hopefully we're all where we're supposed to be. I have a big problem with see & be seen....sometimes it's not possible to see or be seen...if it were we wouldn't have mid-airs or near misses. There are too many variables. I use flight following as much as possible because I find it very helpful but I know it's workload based. And if that's not enough now we have companies that want to deliver beer & products via drones let alone different agencies that now want to use drones to fight crime or use them for surveillance etc etc. It's like having to share the road with bicyclists & motor scooters & pedestrians who defy the odds. Uncontrolled airports are just that & via experience not everyone announces their intentions or on the wrong freq if they do.
peachman65
donald creek 1
the sky diver was wrong. he should never have crossed the runway. there are areas where the diver should land. the pilot can not see above .JAKE
peachman65
donald creek 1
you only have one runway sometimes. the diver can change direction much quicker
Lerabougris
Lerabougris 1
For the pilot, not having had his ticket punched in the skies over Europe or the Pacific in 1941-1945 meant 60+ years of cool runnings and then some… For the sky diver, he should have known better than wanting to jump out of perfectly good planes. For both, there definitely was someone with a pair of wings on the shoulders watching over them...
1rocky1
Walt Leuci 1
the skydiver was very very fortunate that he didn't catch the prop of the acft. The outcome would have been very different. You can bet that both the pilot & especially the skydiver will have this on their mind every time they both take to the air again.
pilot62
Scott Campbell 1
It must be un-contolled, I can't see anyone letting him into
the pattern, with multible parachutes landing on the field.
Seems like a sad way to hang up your pilots license, but at his age
he's had an amzing run, and even better luck. Glad everyone is safe.
aboriginee
The guard angels must must be under anabolica during this performance.
Lucky guys. Together the second birthday at the same day. Incredible.
nasdisco
Chris B 1
That redefins "STOL".

Fantastic that everyone survived.
geharper
geharper 1
Situational awareness. Auto spell correction GRRR.
sdarrin
Darrin Smith 1
I never saw where it said the pilot was going to stop flying.
1rocky1
Walt Leuci 1
Why would the pilot be hanging up his pilots license when you have a skydiver who was in a place he should not have been. The pilots view was effectively blocked to some degree & if the skydiver, who had both a horizontal & vertical view, wasn't looking for landing acft when he knows he'll be landing on or very close to a runway then the skydiver should be hanging up his chute.
pieroferro
Piero Ferro -1
An 87 year old pilot!!!
Don't get me wrong, but he should have a safety pilot next to him.
At 87 you are not the same.
A friendly pilot.
kstj
Ed Tomlinson 3
A Designated Examiner just retired from his FAA appointment at age 86. Incredibly competent pilot! If he can pass the medical, then Blue Skies!!!
1rocky1
Walt Leuci 1
Seems like the pilot was doing just fine, as this was his third touch & go, until the skydiver got in his way. Similar to running in front of a car. I'm sure the pilot's vertical visibility was blocked somewhat. Maybe he should have been flying a low wing acft. The pilot didn't reach 87 by taking chances. There are old pilots & there are bold pilots but there are no old bold pilots. Do you believe a safety pilot would have been thinking & watching for skydivers or making sure the "87" year old pilot was doing everything correctly. What if it happened with a safety pilot on board? If the skydiver wasn't where he should not have been then no one would even know there was an 87 year old pilot @ the controls of the acft. I guess the same analogy could be said of 87 year old drivers...maybe they should have a car with two steering wheels & two sets of breaks...the second set could be for the safety driver. Maybe every airport should have some type of control if non towered. Maybe an FBO. I don't think the skydiver had a transceiver to announce his position & intentions.
kwu20001
kev wu -4
(Duplicate Squawk Submitted)

A plane collides with a skydiver

A Cessna collided with a parachute at a small airport in Polk County, Florida, on Saturday.
The plane took a nose-dive and the skydiver was thrown to the ground.
Neither the pilot nor the skydiver were seriously injured when they fell about 75 feet, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Sharon Trembley, 87, was doing what are called "touch and goes" with the Cessna, a maneuver in which the plane touches the ground and ascends again. The Polk County Sheriff's Department initially identified the pilot as Shannon Trembley.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/08/us/plane-skydiver-collision/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
trickie
John Smith -4
(Duplicate Squawk Submitted)

Skydiver hits Cessna 140 in Florida

Amazing pictures both escaped with minor injuries.

http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/24923080/2014/03/08/plane-collides-into-skydivers-parachute-mid-air