MULBERRY, Fla. (970 WFLA) – The NTSB and FAA are investigating a skydiving/plane crash Saturday afternoon in Mulberry, Polk County Sheriff’s officials said.
PCSO said deputies and county firefighters responded to the scene around 11:00 a.m.
Deputies said an 87-year-old Mulberry man was doing "touch and goes" in his private cessna from the south Lakeland Airport near 7500 Coronet Road in the Mulberry area. During his third pass, deputies said the passenger-side wing of his plane became entangled in and then cut the strings of a parachutist.
Deputies said the parachutist, a 49-year-old man from the Gainesville area, was flung to the ground and the plane nose-dived into the ground.
Deputies said the incident occurred at around 75 feet above the ground.
Deputies said both men were taken to the hospital but neither received serious injuries.
Photo Credit Tim Telford via PCSO