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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Although Shawn Kinmartin flies planes for a skydiving service, he hadn't done any skydiving himself -- that is until he had to make an emergency jump on Saturday. On his fourth flight of the day taking jumpers up, Kinmartin was cruising at 11,500 feet over eastern Missouri and southern Illinois when he realized that his final skydiving client had damaged a key piece of gear while jumping out of the plane. During the jump, the skydiver struck the elevator of the aircraft, a part of a plane's tail that controls its ability to climb and descent. "When I jumped out of the aircraft it was at 2,000 feet, so I only had 1,500 feet left till the ground," Kinmartin said. "And when I hit the ground the plane spiraled and crashed into the field."

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Good thing for him it wasn't a falling helicopter he was jumping out of.

#1 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2014-06-16 04:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

What about the jumper that hit the tail? Is he okay?

#2 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-06-16 08:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

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