Skydive Planes Collide, All Safe

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Photo: Duluth News Tribune

Photo: Duluth News Tribune

A total of 11 people in two skydive aircraft escaped relatively unscathed after a midair collision near Superior in northwestern Wisconsin on Saturday. There were four skydivers and a pilot in one aircraft and five jumpers and a pilot in the second plane when the second plane contacted the first. "We were just a few seconds away from having a normal skydive when the trail plane came over the top of the lead aircraft and came down on top of it," skydiver Mike Robinson told USA Today. "It turned into a big flash fireball and the wing separated." All the jumpers and one pilot parachuted to safety. The pilot of the second aircraft was able to land it safely. 

Only the pilot of the first plane was hurt. He was wearing an emergency parachute that he was unable to steer and he suffered minor injuries. All the other jumpers landed in the landing zone. The lead aircraft broke into three pieces and debris hit the airport and a retail area. No one on the ground was hurt. Everyone involved met with the FAA on Sunday.