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Skydiving planes collide in Wis., 11 occupants, 0 serious injuries

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SUPERIOR, Wis. (KMSP) -

Two planes carrying skydivers collided mid-air in Superior, Wis. on Saturday evening – one aircraft was destroyed, one crippled, and there were zero serious injuries reported among the 11 occupants.

"Everybody did what needed to do under the circumstances," said Mike Robinson, one of the lucky nine skydivers, and also an instructor at Skydive Superior.

All nine skydivers and two pilots made it to the ground safely after the collision 12,000 feet above the airport.

"Everybody on both aircrafts were experienced skydivers. Not like we would take on new jumpers. So everyone there was experienced," Robinson said.

Robinson explained that the two planes were filled flying in tandem for a team jump Saturday evening when something went wrong and the trailing plane ran into the aircraft flying in front, both traveling at about 100 mph.

The jumpers prepared to exit anyway as the front aircraft caught on fire and shattered into pieces.

Somehow, the pilot got out -- he was strapped into an emergency parachute.

"He did great job, a wonderful job given the circumstances and damage to his aircraft," Robinson said. "We think the trail plane probably got in the wash of lead plane and caused the collision, but don't know that for sure."

Both planes belong to Skydive Superior owner Mark Androsky, who's thankful everyone walked away somehow unscathed.

"It's definitely a reminder of danger of the sport we love. It is dangerous. It can be dangerous, but usually not. We go through extensive training to be safe. Unfortunately, with an airplane crash, you take what you get. We're lucky this time," Robinson said.

Skydive Superior has been family-owned for years, but with one plane destroyed and the other with extensive damages, don't expect to see any jumpers anytime soon in the area.

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