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Tue, Jun-17-2014 03:35:56

Pilot bailsout

Wreckage of the Cessna 182 skydiving plane that Kinmartin was flying Saturday when a jumper's auxiliary parachute damaged the aircraft's tail. Federal Aviation Administration officials say the plane became disabled after the last skydiver's auxiliary parachute accidentally deployed as the jumper left the plane. It damaged the portion of the tail section that controls the aircraft's climb and descent. The 21-year-old pilot and college student wrestled the Cessna 182 away from populated farmland southeast of St. Louis and decided his only hope was bailing out — never mind that it was his first parachute jump ever. Ultimately, the plane slammed harmlessly into a corn field, Kinmartin and the other jumpers landed safely, and no one was injured.