Two planes smashed into one another mid-air in Wisconsin (USA). Amazingly all nine skydiving passengers between the two planes were able to jump free.
During a routine tandem formation dive, Instructor and Safety Advisor for Skydive Superior, Mike Robinson said, one plane collided into the other.
Mr. Robinson said he and four members of his team were getting ready to jump from the head plane when the tracking plane hit their aircraft. He said the blow caused a fireball and cut off the plane’s right wing.
Five skydivers from Mr. Robinson’s plane and four on the trailing plane were able to jump free.
“The pilot of our plane was very lucky to get out,” Mr. Robinson said.
The pilot of the trailing plane was able to land the impaired plane back at Richard I. Bong Airport, where it originally began its terrifying journey. He was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries.
According to Roland Herwig from the Federal Aviation Administration, the accident happened just before 6PM at around 12,000 feet.
Mr. Herwig also said the head plane burst into three parts with wreckage landing on the airport property and in a neighboring field.
All skydivers involved made it to safety with minor injuries.