Skydiver, pilot treated after midair accident

Polk County, Fla. -- A pilot and parachutists are in the hospital after a flying accident in Mulberry.

Around 11:00 a.m. on Saturday Shannon Trembley was doing "touch and goes" in his private Cessna from the South Lakeland Airport in the Mulberry area. Reportedly, during his third pass, the passenger-side wing of his plane became entangled in and then cut the strings of a nearby parachutist.

The parachutist, John S. Frost, was flung to the ground and the plane nose-dived into the ground.

The incident occurred at around 75 feet above the ground.

Both men were transported by ambulance to LRMC. Frost was treated and released and Trembley is being held for observation. Neither received serious injuries.

The NTSB and FAA were notified and have responded to the scene. They will investigate the incident.


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