Parachutist at Houston Air Show Injured After Drifting into Crowd

A parachutist performing as part of a weekend air show escaped serious injury when he drifted into an area crowded with spectators and struck a tent.

Don Johnson, an organizer of the Wings Over Houston Airshow, says the mishap occurred Sunday after the unidentified parachutist leapt from a WWII-era Lockheed C-60 airplane.

Johnson says the man was using a WWII-era parachute that's more difficult to control than contemporary ones.

The man was taken to a hospital for treatment of a broken limb. No spectators were injured.

Johnson says other parachutists were on the plane but he couldn't confirm some reports they declined to jump due to rising winds.

The show was held at Ellington Field in Houston and featured the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

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