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Skydiving Plane Crashes at East Georgia Regional Airport; 4 Killed, 1 Injured

A skydiving plane crashed at East Georgia Regional Airport in Swainsboro, Georgia, on August 25th.

The plane was carrying five people when it went down.

Four people were killed in the crash. They were identified as Staff Sergeant Aliaksandr “Alex” Bahrytsevich, 31, of Raeford, NC; Justin Duff, 42, of Statesboro, GA; Andrew Swenson, 23, of Daytona Beach, FL; and Chris Eldridge, 42, of Rincon, GA.

The fifth occupant of the plane, identified as William Middlebrooks, suffered injuries and was taken to a hospital.

The plane was owned by The Jumping Place Skydiving Center in Statesboro, Georgia.

Eleven Skydivers Die in Polish Plane Crash, Pilot Survives

On July 5, 2014 at around 1600 hours, a private skydiving school was planning a tandem jump from a height of 4000 meters with beginner jumpers harnessed to experienced instructors (opening the parachute at 1700 feet) but instead the exercise met tragedy.

The twin engine Piper PA-31P pressurized Navajo skydiving plane crashed, and was damaged beyond repair in an accident near Czestochowa, Poland. The plane was new to the skydiving school, purchased in May. Witnesses who lived in the village where it crashed said that the plane was flying very low, then listed to one side before it crashed.

Twelve people were aboard the plane. Only the forty year old pilot survived but is in serious condition in a hospital in Czestochowa. The survivor is conscious and breathing without assistance, but has multiple injuries. Firefighters, three emergency helicopters and three ground ambulances responded to the scene and a team of seven investigators from the public prosecutors office secured the area and established a base of operations at the Cz?stochowa-Rudniki Airport (Aero Club of Czestochowa) from which the plane took off and where the crew was planning to land. The cargo plane does not have passenger seating but is built to fly skydivers, and is run by a parachute school.

n11wbpiper Experts say it is unexpected for a twin engine plane to have a crash like this, as it can fly on one engine.

The ten seat twin engine Piper was full—perhaps too full—of skydivers when it crashed into a stand of trees in an uninhabited area just outside of the village of Poplar in Silesia. Some of them tried to parachute out but apparently all were burned. Those aboard included the pilot, one of the owners of the company, three instructors, three customers, and four students. The plane caught fire after impact in Topolów near Czestochowa, Poland.

Firefighters arrived at the scene at 16:20, and pulled three people from the plane before it caught fire. The remainder of the bodies were retrieved after the fire, charred beyond recognition.

Cessna 182 Crashed in Monroe County; Pilot Jumped and Survived

CessnaA Cessna 182 plane, used for skydiving, crashed near Valmeyer in Monroe County, Illinois, in the afternoon of June 14.

Shawn Kinmartin, 21, a pilot for Fly Free Skydiving in Festus, jumped out as the plane spiralled out of control and went down. This was his first jump in four years.

According to Kinmartin, he was flying at 11,500 feet when the trouble began in the plane. “The two skydivers jumped out, they were the last two I had in my airplane, the last skydiver, on his way out, struck the elevator of the aircraft,” he said.

Since the elevator controls the plane’s climb and descent, Kinmartin lost control of the plane. He spent next few minutes in trying to control it while heading back to the Festus airport. But as he realized that he was losing control of the plane, he decided to bail out and land in the farm fields. As a company policy he was already wearing a parachute.

Kinmartin further said “when I jumped out of the airplane, it spiralled and crashed into the field over there. The wing carried me and I landed on this soybean field over there.”

Neither the pilot nor anyone else on ground was hurt, however, the plane was badly damaged.

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