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17 Skydivers, 1 Calm Pilot, A Crash Landing … And Everyone Walked Away


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Experience this scary crash landing – the pilot and 17 skydiver passengers walked away.

The question that skydivers are often asked: “Why would you want to jump out of a perfectly good aircraft?”

A group of parachutists never got to jump out of the airplane that was carrying them. When its engine quit soon after takeoff, its pilot was skilled enough to execute a crash landing that allowed everyone to survive (the pilot walked away with a bloody noise.

This incident occurred last Saturday in Lodi, Calif. The single-engine Cessna 208 from the Parachute Center Skydiving School was carrying 17 skydivers when the plane “experienced trouble shortly after taking off.”

The pilot attempted to return to the airport but had to settle for a crash landing in a vineyard. He was able to fly under power lines but the plane’s tail apparently clipped a pickup truck and that caused the plane to flip belly up upon landing. The pilot also was able to avoid a house that is located next to the vineyard.

When you watch the video, be advised there are some curse words uttered shortly after landing, so this is NSFW. But after expecting to skydive out of the plane, you can’t blame some of the passengers for some salty language after surviving a crash landing.

Written by Wendell Barnhouse

Wendell Barnhouse is a veteran journalist with over 40 years of experience as a writer and an editor. For the last 30 years, he wrote about college sports but he has had an interest and curiosity about aviation since he was in grade school.