Skydiver Crash Lands In Superior Field

By KBJR News 1

September 26, 2011 Updated Sep 27, 2011 at 11:56 AM CDT

Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) -- A skydiver was rushed to the hospital Monday after missing her mark and landing in the middle of a Superior neighborhood.

The woman was supposed to land on the grounds of the Superior Airport, but strong winds carried her ten blocks past that landing zone.

Luckily the woman missed houses, an elementary school, and telephone wires... finally landing on an open field on the corner of Hammond Avenue and North 60th Street.

Skydive Superior spokespeople say the woman was an experienced skydiver with more than 100 jumps under her belt.

"She actually turned that way and ran with the wind to aim for that field. Girl jumpers are pretty smart, so she knew enough to go for the field and land where it's dirt and safer rather than try to land in the houses and the power wires," said Mark Androsky.

Skydive Superior says winds coming from Lake Superior can be unpredictable and that they do have spaces that are designated as alternate landing zones.

The woman reportedly injured her leg and is said to be recovering.

Skydive Superior is in its 51st year...and performs more than 1,000 tandem jumps a year without incident.