Two small planes carrying nine skydivers crashed in midair over Wisconsin Sunday, resulting in … no fatalities, miraculously enough.
“Two small planes, both Cessnas, collided at 12,000 feet just as the skydivers were set to make their jumps. … With their chutes already on, the skydivers quickly bailed.” (Via NBC)
Authorities think the crash occurred after one plane was sucked into turbulence of the other. One plane lost its wings and caught fire on impact. (Via KBJR)
One of the pilots in the crash managed to land his plane intact, while the other bailed out of his destroyed craft and glided to safety using an emergency parachute. (Via WISN)
Mike Robinson, a skydiving instructor who escaped the collision, told the Star Tribune the jumpers had to dodge debris from the destroyed plane on their way down.
“We followed our instincts. We just jumped. And we watched everything falling around us. … You could recreate this thousands of times and I don’t think you could come out with a more positive outcome.”
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are currently investigating the cause of the accident.
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