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Skydiver Plane Pilot Jumps to Safety After Cessna Is Damaged Mid-Flight

By    |   Monday, 16 Jun 2014 12:53 PM

A 21-year-old plane pilot in Missouri had to make his first skydive ever over the weekend after realizing his damaged Cessna 182 was unable to land.

Shawn Kinmartin was forced to jump from the plane at roughly 2,000 feet, but pointed it toward a soybean field before making his leap of faith with a parachute strapped to his back, CNN affiliate KSDK reported.

A new employee of Fly Free Skydiving in Festus, Kinmartin was piloting his fourth skydiving run of the day Saturday when the plane was damaged by the other passengers.

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"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, explaining that the elevator controls the altitude of the plane.

He fought with the plane, trying to get it back in working order while cruising at 11,500 feet for the next 10 minutes. Another plane was able to pull in close to assess the damage, and determined it was in fact the elevator that was malfunctioning. That means an emergency landing wasn't possible.

"We realized that I wouldn't be able to perform the landing," he told reporters.

"When I jumped out of the airplane, it was at 2,000 feet, so I only had 1,500 feet to the ground. And when I jumped out, the plane spiraled and crashed into the field over there. The wind carried me and I landed on this soybean field over here."

Kinmartin's teachers at Southern Illinois University, where he does flight simulation, applauded him for keeping his cool, and thinking about where the plane would crash before abandoning it.



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