Video Shows Harrowing Mid-Air Crash
November 5, 2013 - Incredible video of Saturday's midair collision in Superior, Wisconsin, appeared on NBC News Monday and the Today show Tuesday morning, showing how extremely fortunate the nine sky divers and two pilots are to be alive today. The video footage, whose rights were acquired by NBC, shows a Cessna 185 carrying five sky divers colliding with the top of a Cessna 182, which had four jumpers on board, at about 12,000 feet altitude. The collision caused the 182's right wing to separate and catch fire.
All nine sky divers and the pilot of the 182 were able to parachute to the ground, avoiding wreckage on the way down. The pilot of the 185 was able to navigate to a safe landing at Richard I. Bong Memorial Airport (SUW) despite wing and prop damage. No serious injuries resulted.
"For all 11 of us to walk away from something like that relatively unscathed is a minor miracle," Dan Chandler, 31, one of the nine sky divers, told the Superior Telegram.
Both aircraft are owned by Skydive Superior, which is based at SUW.
The sky divers appeared on the Today show Tuesday morning and were interviewed by host Matt Lauer. The network will also produce an hour-long Dateline NBC episode based on the incident, according to The Washington Post. Watch the Today show video below.