A Florida Sherriff’s office just released this insane series of photos. They show a skydiver (identified as a Mr John Frost) getting his parachute entangled in the wing of a small plane as it took off.
As well as the awesomely American local news report above it’s worth looking at these screen shots from the BBC’s video, which show the whole thing in slow motion.
John Frost has very nearly made it down when the plane – apparently piloted by an 87 year old, Shannon Tremblay – flies into the lines of his chute.
Amazingly both the skydiver and the pilot walked away from this. Given that the take-off speed of a small Cessna like this is about 100 km/h, it’s a miracle no-one was hurt!