Two skydiving planes collide mid-air in Superior; All 11 onboard escape

By KBJR News 1

November 2, 2013 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 2:20 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- One person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries following a mid-air collision between two planes in Superior early Saturday evening.

Officials say the two planes were flying together with a group of nine skydivers for a tandem jump.

The planes hit at an altitude of 12,000 feet when one plane came over the top of the other and got caught up in it's turbulence, causing the planes to collide.

The wings came off of the plane that was hit and started on fire, disintegrating on it's way to the ground.

Skydivers in both planes were just getting ready to jump when the collision happened, but were able to get out of harm's way.

The pilot of the trail plane landed safely, while the pilot of the destroyed plane had to use an emergency parachute. That pilot suffered minor injuries from the impact of landing and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

Skydive Superior says they are suspending all flight operations at this time.

The FAA has been called with an investigation underway.

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

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