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A single engine skydiving plane clipped a car and crashed just off a highway, injuring the pilot and four skydivers.

The plane took off from Duanesburg Airport, 18 miles west of Albany, at about 11 a.m. Saturday, state police said.

The pilot, Robert Tuttle, 27, noticed something was wrong and tried to make an emergency landing on state Route 7.

As Tuttle brought the plane down, he clipped a car, smashing the windshield, and the aircraft, a Cessna, crashed into an embankment, authorities said.

The driver of the car, Mike Spector, 47, of Rotterdam, escaped injury and helped the trapped Tuttle out of the plane.

Tuttle was airlifted to Albany Medical Center Hospital for treatment.

The four skydivers, Ian Abele, 26, Michael Smith, 54, Janice Vunk, 40, and Chris Fuller, 23, all of Duanesburg, were taken to local hospitals, but their injuries appeared to be minor, witnesses said.

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