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Plane Crash Superior Wisconsin Collision Sky Divers 11 2 13 Air Tape

Authorities said two planes collided in the air Saturday night.The planes were carrying nine skydivers up to do a formation jump when they collided. One pilot had minor injuries. The other pilot and nine skydivers escaped uninjured.Officials with Skydive Superior say one of the planes went down in a fiery crash, while the other was able to make an emergency landing.Mike Robinson, an instructor at Skydive Superior, was in one of the planes that crashed."Just as we climbed out getting ready to leave, the planes collided," he said. "The trail plane came over the top and hit the lead plane."Robinson said the lead plane was completely destroyed, breaking into three fiery pieces. He said the fuselage landed at the Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds in Superior. That pilot was able to escape, according to Robinson."He's got to get his seatbelt off, he's got to get out the door and deploy the parachute, which he did an amazing job on," Robinson said. "The other pilot did an amazing job to land that aircraft."The pilot of one plane had minor injuries, according to Robinson.The nine skydivers parachuted to safety."Very lucky for the circumstance that we were all in," Robinson said. "We had to avoid the debris in the air of the planes in free fall. We could see the burning airplane come apart into at least three pieces."The crash was even heard from people on the ground in Superior."I was just inside working and all of a sudden there was this really weird noise," witness Wayne Barnard said. "It was kind of just like a 'boom'."The FAA and the Department of Transportation Safety Board will be in Superior tomorrow to investigate. We'll have the latest information as it becomes available.

November 04, 2013 11:16 pm

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