LAND O' LAKES, Fla. - Many residents in the Grand Oaks subdivision in Pasco County are coming to terms with the shocking and gruesome scene they didn't expect as they watched a stunt plane fly over their homes Saturday afternoon.
Dozens of people witnessed a wingwalker fall to his death from the biplane that had just taken off from a nearby small airport.
Of those, two children saw the man land feet from them in a wooded area behind several homes in the subdivision.
"It was pretty scary because they did see the body -- both of my kids did," Letty King said
King said her 3- and 5-year-old alerted her about a "falling man." At first, she didn't know what to think of what the children were saying, but she asked a neighbor to go look with her.
"It went over there and the person went up and fell in the woods," King's daughter, Brianna, said.
"He was shaking it, and then I saw the hand full of blood, and I said, 'Oh, it is real, let's call 911,' and I started running with the kids inside the house," King said.
"Surreal is what it was," another neighbor, Toby Fallis, said, "to see somebody fall off the plane and have it actually be a human body as opposed to a stunt or something fake," Fallis said.
"I knew what happened and it kind of made me sick to my stomach. I just had to separate myself from it. It upset me," said Jenn Ritter, another eyewitness to the accident.
With such a gruesome scene shaking up adults like Ritter and other witnesses, King told her children the accident was just a movie shoot and it was all make believe.
When King's kids asked mom why they couldn't watch, she told them they weren't allowed because they weren't actors in the movie.
The pilot was able to safely land the plane after the accident.
A witness tells ABC Action News he saw two wingwalkers on the biplane as the plane made a maneuver around 1,000 feet in the air. The victim fell from the plane and his parachute never fully deployed.
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