Is Skydiving Safe?

by Jamie R. Lebovitz | March 24th, 2014

The pilot of a Cessna 170B and a skydiver escaped a spectacular collision with minor injuries on Saturday at South Lakeland Airport in Florida. The pilot of the 170B, Sharon Trembley, 87, a World War II veteran, was taking off on his third touch-and-go that morning just as a 49-year-old skydiver, John Frost, was landing. A remarkable set of photos appears to show Trembley pulling up hard to avoid hitting Frost. The right wing grabbed the parachute lines and flipped the 170 around to a nose-first impact. The plane was substantially damaged but both men were relatively unscathed.

Trembley was held in the hospital for observation but Frost, who was flung about 20 feet in the air when the aircraft hit the parachute, was treated and released. “You always hear the negatives about somebody died or somebody this, that or the other. Both these guys walked away unscathed,” Telford told Fox News Tampa Bay. “A scratch here, a bruise there and I think both are just happy to be here today.” As is always the case in accidents like this, the NTSB is in charge of investigating the facts and circumstances and will try and figure out what can be done to prevent a recurrence.

Skydiving is considered one of the safest sports in the world. This accident is the exception; not the norm.

Written by: Jamie and Jordan Lebovitz