Wis. skydivers tell their survival story on Today

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NEW YORK - Their story is nothing short of amazing, adventurous souls who survived a mid-air collision in the skies above northern Wisconsin. And now the Superior skydivers are telling that story, appearing live on NBC's Today Show.

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The incident happened Saturday night in Superior, Wisconsin. Two planes, a lead plane and a trail plane, were flying together with a group of nine skydivers for a tandem jump.

The planes hit 12,000 feet when the trail plane came over the top of the lead plane and got caught up in its turbulence, causing it to hit the other aircraft. The wings came off of the lead plane and it started on fire, disintegrating on its way to the ground.

Skydivers in both planes were just getting ready to dive when the collision happened. All of them were able to jump out of the planes and out of harm's way.

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Perhaps the most amazing thing is that the pilot of the first aircraft was wearing a parachute, and was able to avoid the burning remains of his plane on the way back to earth.


The pilot of the trail plane was able to land his aircraft safely.

Superior Skydive says they are suspending all flight operations at this time. The FAA has been called in to investigate the incident.

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