"Miracle on the Sunset Dive' on Dateline Friday

By KBJR News 1

November 8, 2013 Updated Nov 8, 2013 at 12:04 AM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - The pilot of the lead plane involved in the mid-air collision over Superior speaks out for the first time on Dateline Friday.

Matt Fandler was getting into position for a sunset jump when the planes hit.

"I, you know, was just about to radio "jumpers away" and all of a sudden, I hear this loud bang and the windshield shattered. And then I immediately, very soon after, began a descent, an uncontrolled descent," Fandler told Matt Lauer.

The Cessna had lost a wing and was heading straight down, picking up speed as it went. Fandler decided he had to get out.

"First thing I remember thinking is that I need to regain control of this airplane. And I immediately pulled the yoke back to my chest as far as I possibly could. And there was no-- no reaction to it from the airplane," he said.

Catch "Miracle on the Sunset Dive" on Dateline Friday at 7 p.m. Central on KBJR 6 & Range 11.