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Single-Engine Plane Crashes After Hit By Skydiver

November 22, 1993

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) _ A sky diver collided with a small plane, sending it spinning to the ground Sunday in a crash that killed all four people on board. The parachutist survived.

Alfred Peters was in stable condition in the intensive care unit of Cooley Dickinson Hospital. His age and hometown weren’t immediately available.

Peters was free-falling after jumping from another plane when he hit the tail section of the Piper Cherokee PA28, said Mary Culver, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The impact ″damaged it so severely that it went into a tailspin and never pulled out - just struck the ground,″ she said.

The plane crashed in a wooded area less than a mile southeast of the Northampton Airport, said State Police Sgt. John Healy.

Culver said the names of the crash victims were being withheld pending notification of their families.

Hospital spokeswoman Sharon Shumway would not comment on Peters’ injuries, but Culver said he broke on leg.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating.

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