Parachutist crashes into tent at Wings Over Houston Air Show

By Bill Spencer - Investigative Reporter

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - A skydiver flying high over Ellington Airport one minute crashed into a supply tent the next in front of 35,000 people.

It happened Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Wings Over Houston Air Show.

"I saw the jumper come out of the airplane and I saw the wind push him, and I said to myself, 'This man is not going to land short of the crowd, he's going to land in the crowd," said Rob Reider, the announcer for the airshow.

Show organizers decided the wind had become too powerful so they called off the five man team of World War II skydivers. But at that very moment, eyewitnesses said a diver jumped from the C-60 vintage aircraft, apparently not hearing the warning in time.

That skydiver landed on top of a tent close to spectators and was treated by a medical team working at the show.

The skydiver may have broken a limb, but will be OK, according to organizers of the event.

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