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Florida Skydiver Crashes Into Plane, Walks Away With Only Minor Injuries

A Gainesville skydiver crashed into an airplane over the weekend and walked away with only minor bruises and injuries. He also says he'll be going back up for more jumps as soon as he can.

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According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the skydiver's parachute lines became entangled with a small plane on Saturday, which sent both man and machine hurtling to the ground at a Tampa area airport.

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Police say that 87-year-old pilot and World War II veteran Shannon Trembley was going through his routine takeoff and landing procedures Saturday morning at South Lakeland Airport when a skydiver came out of nowhere and crashed into his Cessna.

According to police, 49-year-old John Frost's parachute lines got caught in and tangled up with the Cessna's passenger-side wing during Trembley's third pass at around 75 feet in the air.

Frost was tossed like a rag doll and tumbled onto the ground as the plane nose-dived and crashed.

Frost and Trembley were taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Canter. Neither suffered serious injuries.

"The plane caught the side of the canopy, flipped the plane 180 degrees, and flipped the skydiver into the air," Trembley later told Tampa's WTSP. "You heard the airplane hit the parachute, which sounded like you falling on your face into your pillow; a 'woof' sound."

The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA are investigating the accident.

Meanwhile, Frost told Good Morning America that he plans to get back to skydiving as soon as he can.

Photographer Tim Telford was on the scene to take photos of the dramatic crash as it happened. The Polk County Sheriff's Office released the photos, which you can see here.

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