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Skydivers' plane crash lands, all survive

August 2, 2010 12:46:28 AM PDT
A group of skydivers made a crash landing while still inside their plane.The plane was somewhere between 30 and 40 feet in the air when it went down in a wooded area in Niagara County, New York, near Buffalo. The impact of the crash tore the small aircraft to pieces.

A man who lives nearby said he heard the whole thing, but had no idea he was listening to a plane crash.

"All of a sudden we just heard like metal hitting a lawnmower, a little louder, a little more deep, but nothing you'd think was a plane crash," Jake Thompson said.

The pilot and five jumpers were hospitalized, one with critical injuries.

"The sentiment was, how did anybody get out of this alive?" said James Voutour of the Niagara County sheriff's office. "It really is a devastating crash scene."

The cause of the crash is under investigation.


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