WILSON, N.Y. (WIVB) - The plane was on a skydiving flight when it crashed and brokeapart moments after takeoff. First responders say it's a miracleeveryone has survived so far, and Mike Maly, Jr. may be a bigreason why.
Maly described, "This is the section of aircraft where I waspinned."
Maly has over a hundred stitches on his face after survivingSunday afternoon's plane crash at the Frontier Skydivers Club inWilson. The plane broke into five pieces and, the jump bar ended upin a tree.
Maly only had about five seconds to brace for the crash, andthen, he said, "I'm up, I'm moving, I'm conscious, I'm good, so itjust kinda goes into triage mode."
Maly is a former Army nurse, and is now a Buffalo firefighter.First he helped his student skydiver, Tonya Tiede of Batavia.
Maly explained, "I was actually able to get the wreckage off ofher and help her crawl out."
Pilot Paul Gath, and divers Joe King and Christian Herboth,didn't need immediate attention, but 53-year-old Tom Medbury ofAkron is still in critical condition.
"My hopes and prayers are with his family, and my understandingis that his injuries are very serious," said Maly.
Two men who happened to be cutting hay near the crash scenerushed to Medbury's side.
Maly said, "Absolutely crucial. They had begun CPR before Icould even get around the airplane."
Maly helped them clear Medbury's airway.
Maly said, "We went through two rounds of of CPR and we got apulse back."
Maly was one of at least five lifesavers on the scene.
"I'm amazed that we could make a difference," said Maly, whoplans to jump again as soon as he can. The skydiving airfield iswhere Maly proposed to his wife Lisa, and both plan to be outdiving again soon.
"All my skydiving friends tell me I'm a nutcase for being afirefighter, and all my firefighter friends tell me I'm crazy forbeing a skydiver," joked Maly.
The crash happened seconds after take off. FAA investigatorsspent the day on the scene, but it could be months before theydetermine an official cause of this crash.
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