Emergency Responders recount skydiving plane crash

By KBJR News 1

November 5, 2013 Updated Nov 5, 2013 at 7:55 PM CST

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- It is the story seen and heard around the world... Two skydiving planes collide over Superior this weekend, and all eleven on board survive

"Douglas County 9-1-1 What's the address of your emergency? Um, hi I'm driving by the fairgrounds and a plane just crashed."

The first phone call came in at 6:01 Saturday night and within 30 seconds emergency responders were dispatched to the scene.

"We sent just about everyone we had and once we realized other officers could go back to patrol duty, we were able to break them off," said Deputy Chief Matt Markon with the Superior Police Department.

"I'm at the Superior Airport , I just watched a plane go down."

"When you go on a call like this, you do get prepared for the worst because again, when something falls that far out of the sky, it's not usually good," said Vern Johnson, Battalion Chief for the Superior Fire Department.

The Superior Police Department and the Superior Fire Department agree that regardless of every piece of training they receive to respond to emergency calls, a plane crash is something for which you can never fully prepare.

"We often have tabletop exercises just to get everyone in the mindset of what would we do if this scenario took place, although I don't think a plane crash was one that has ever been used," said Markon

""We tour the airport every once in a while, we get up close to the airplanes and learn the anatomy of them for those that don't know that, and we learn some of the hazards involved but we don't do specific crash training. It's not that type of an airport where we're required to do that," said Johnson.

Phone calls came flooding in reporting a plane crash and a large fireball in the sky. Responders immediately thought the worst, but were relieved, as the story unraveled, to find out all eleven on board survived.

"We go into it with a mindset of what's the worst thing I could possibly see, and it's always a relief when it isn't as bad as you think it might be," said Markon.

"That was a very good feeling when I got the answer that, yeah, everybody was accounted for, said Markon.

Nothing short of a miracle over the skies of Superior

Emergency responders in Superior typically respond to three thousand medical calls per year... but say they'd never seen anything quite like this.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com