Head-cam video footage shows moment skydivers thrown from two planes in ball of flame after mid-air crash
Crash captured in vivid detail, with many on board prepared to film the dive
Extraordinary head-cam footage has emerged of the moment two planes carrying skydivers crashed in mid-air near Lake Superior in Wisconsin, US, on Saturday.
NBC News acquired the video of the incident, filmed from a number of angles, in which the lives of nine thrill-seekers and two pilots were at risk.
Skydivers fall from the sky after the aircraft accidentally collided, causing one to erupt in flames
As one aircraft can be seen coming down onto the other, there is a jolt as they collide. The side of the plane is then engulfed in a fireball as most of the skydivers are thrown out by the impact.
All of the skydivers were highly experienced and able to navigate their way to safety, despite the falling debris. One pilot ejected himself from the plane which had its wing detached, while the other was able to land his nonetheless damaged aircraft.
The two planes crash in the air
Speaking about the incident in which he and his colleagues came so close to being killed, skydiving instructor Mike Robinson said: “It might've been a lot worse,” Mr Robinson said. “Everybody, to a person, responded just as they should, including the pilots.”
With the skydivers completing the showpiece final “sunset” dive of the day, and preparing to film themselves flying and then falling in formation, rarely has such a close scrape with disaster been captured quite so vividly on camera.
One of the skydivers escapes from the plane as the other comers flying towards them
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Marijuana use by teenagers does not result in a lower IQ or worse exam results, study finds
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes too far at the Q Awards
- 5 NHS staff banned from drinking tea or coffee on the job because it looks like they're not working hard enough
Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery: 'I'm living a more fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
Kim Jong-un 'purge': Six North Korea officials missing for weeks 'may have been executed'
Diwali: What is the festival of lights – and how is it celebrated around the world?
Nathan Cirillo: Final pictures emerge of soldier moments before he was shot dead by Ottowa gunman
Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes too far at the Q Awards
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
£300 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: SSRS Report Developer – 3 Mon...
£95 - £150 per day: Randstad Education Birmingham: Key Stage 1 teacher require...
£32000 - £39000 per annum + benefits + bonus: Ashdown Group: Generalist HR Man...
£18000 - £30000 per annum + uncapped: SThree: Do you feel like your sales role...