Northampton, MA Sky Diver Falls Into Plane, Nov 1993


Northampton, Mass. (AP) - A sky diver struck another plane on the way down, damaging it so severely that it went into a spin and crashed. The four people on the plane were killed.
The parachutist, ALAN PETERS, 51, survived after hitting the tail of the single-engine Piper on Sunday. Authorities said he was free-falling, hit the plane and then deployed his parachute.
It was not immediately clear why the plane was in the sky-diving area, said Mary Culver, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
"It damaged it so severely that it went into a tailspin and never pulled out, just struck the ground," Culver said.
PETERS was in stable condition with a broken ankle at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, said his wife, Joyce.
"All he keeps talking about is seeing that plane coming at him," she said. "He said he had just jumped and all of a sudden there it was." She said her husband had been sky diving about four months.
Police said the dead were JONAS KLEIN, 18, of Boston; CHRISTINA PARK, 18, of Auburn, Wash.; JEAN KIMBALL, 45, of Pine Plains, N.Y.; and the pilot, whose name was not released pending notification of next of kin. The two teens were students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, police said.
The flight originated in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The plane crashed about a mile from the Northampton Airport in a wooded area near the Connecticut River, police said.

Standard Speaker Hazleton Pennsylvania 1993-11-22