Tue, Jun 07, 2005
Sole Survivor: Aircraft Was Like Roller Coaster
The only person to survive the crash
of a single-engine skydiving aircraft said the plane was "moving
like a roller coaster" when the pilot yelled to everyone, "Jump!"
The plane went down and only 34-year old William Slattery
It happened in Costa Rica last week.As ANN reported on Friday, the mishap cost the
lives of five US, Canadian and Costa Rican
"I asked him what he remembered and he told me that the plane
was moving like a roller coaster," Costa Rican Civil Aviation
paramedic Ricardo Hernandez told Al Dia. "He said he heard a shout
of 'Jump!' and the three jumped."
Slattery was rescued off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The
wreckage of the aircraft was discovered not far away.
The young American said he was able
to get out of the aircraft while it was about 2,600 feet AGL. The
bodies of the other two skydivers who jumped with him were pulled
from the sea, both tangled in their chutes.
The Cessna 206 went down in strong turbulence, according to
Costa Rican officials. Slattery, through the US Embassy, thanked
all those who helped in his rescue.
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