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  • 10 March 2014, 7:17

Skydiver And Plane Collision Caught On Camera

A skydiver and pilot have escaped with minor injuries after a mid-air collision near Tampa, Florida.

The Cessna pilot was performing take-off and landing manoeuvres at the South Lakeland Airport in Mulberry when the aircraft became entangled in the strings of the skydiver's parachute.

Photos of the accident show the aircraft's wing snagging the parachute just before the skydiver reached the ground.

The images show the skydiver, 49-year-old John Frost, being flipped over by the force of the collision before the plane crashes nose first.

The aircraft then flips upright onto its landing gear before ending up just a few feet from the skydiver.

The dramatic pictures capturing the moment of impact were taken by photographer Tim Telford.

He told US media: "I thought I'd have very exciting pics of a close flyby. Never in a million years did I think I'd see what I saw."

Mr Telford added: "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."

Both Mr Frost and the pilot, 87-year-old Shannon Trembley, managed to escape without serious injury, Polk County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carrie Eleazer said.

Mr Trembley was held in hospital for observation, while Mr Frost was treated and released.

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

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