Skydiver, Pilot Injured in Mid Air Collision
On Saturday March 8, in Mulberry, Florida, a plane became entangled in the strings of a skydiver’s parachute. The 87-year-old pilot, Shannon Trembley, a World War II veteran and an experienced pilot since 1944, was executing take-off and landing maneuvers in his Cessna at the South Lakeland Airport in Mulberry that day. On his third pass, Trembley saw 49-year-old skydiver John Stephan Frost of Gainsville, Florida coming in for a landing. Although Trembley tried to avoid the skydiver, the wing of his Cessna became entangled in the strings of Frost’s parachute while Frost was within feet of touching the ground. The collision occurred approximately 75 feet in the air and resulted in severing Frost’s parachute strings. After being dragged through the air, the skydiver fell to the ground. The plane smashed into the ground nose first, crushing its propeller. Frost commented afterward that he didn’t expect to make it when the plane and his parachute became entangled. He made himself as small as he could to try to avoid the plane, but was unable to escape the disaster. Polk County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Carrie Eleazer says that neither party sustained serious injury. Frost was sore and bruised, but he did not have any broken bones. Trembley suffered from a cracked trachea and required five stitches in his chin. Both Frost and Trembley are blaming each other for the accident. Frost says he will be back to skydiving as soon as he feels safe enough to jump again.
Airplane accidents often lead to the death of those on board, or in John Frost’s case, the injury or death of those outside the plane. A person faced with the death of a loved one or with injuries sustained in a plane crash will benefit from a competent Mulberry injury lawyer. Our airplane accident injury lawyers are sympathetic to the devastation that a death or a serious injury can inflict on the victims’ families and are aware that financial compensation can never replace loss of life or health. However, we also know that reducing financial stresses can make it easier to deal with the loss or the recovery process. We are committed to thoroughly investigating the accident and to pursuing full liability against the negligent party. If you or someone you know has been in a situation similar to that of John Frost, contact our law firm at (954) 572-7200 to speak to a Mulberry Airplane Accident Lawyer.