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PERRIS ( — A dirt devil and powerful winds were blamed for bringing down a skydiving plane in Riverside County.

The two passengers walked away from the plane, which had clipped a nearby gas tanker and landed nose down at Perris Valley Airport.

The aircraft was just returning from a drop when the collision happened, but the pilot and the pilot in training were not injured by the crash.

The plane, however, was pretty beat up – its nose was smashed in and a wing was broken off.

“There’s still plenty of good parts on it,” said Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld, general manager of Sky Dive Perris. “We will see when we get it over to the hangar.”

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