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Plane gets tangled with chutist, crashes

A plane crashed and a skydiver was injured when the aircraft got tangled in the parachutist's strings, the Polk County Sheriff's Offfice said today.

About 11 a.m., Shannon L, Trembley, 87, of Mulberry was doing “touch and goes,” landing and taking off again without stopping, in his private Cessna at the South Lakeland Airport near 7500 Coronet Road in the Mulberry area, deputies said. During his third pass, however, the plane's passenger-side wing got tangled in the strings of parachutist John S. Frost, 49, of Gainesville, who was a few feet above the ground.

Frost was thrown to the ground, and the plane nose-dived and crashed, deputies said.

Both men were taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where Frost was treated and released. Trembley is being held for observation. Neither received serious injuries, deputies said.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration were notified and will investigate the incident, deputies said.

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