Pilot parachutes from small plane after mechanical issues - KMOV.com

Pilot parachutes from small plane after mechanical issues

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FESTUS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - A pilot was forced to jump from a small Cessna 182 plane after departing from Festus Airport, airport officials said.

The pilot took a group of skydivers up in the air on Tuesday afternoon and after the skydivers all jumped, the pilot began experiencing problems.

The pilot circled the airport a few times before deciding to exit the plane. He then flew over to rural Southern Illinois and parachuted from the plane.

The pilot was not injured and none of the skydivers knew there was an issue, officials said.

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