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No serious injuries after skydiving planes crash in mid-air in Superior


SUPERIOR, Wis. (WSAU-Wheeler News) - Two sky-diving planes collided at Superior last evening, while divers were conducting a tandem jump.

Officials said all nine skydivers were either jumping, or getting ready to jump, when the collision occurred around 6 p-m. The planes were 12-thousand feet in the air at the time. Everyone appeared to have escaped serious injury.

The Duluth News-Tribune said the lead plane broke in three, and its pilot parachuted to safety before his plane crashed. The other plane landed at the Richard I. Bong Airport at Superior without incident, after its five divers had already jumped.

Both aircraft were owned by the firm of Skydive Superior. Sky-diving instructor Mike Robinson said the cause of the mishap is not certain -- but the trailing plane appeared to get in the wash of the front aircraft's wings, and it may have caused them to bump together.

Robinson said both wings fell off the first plane. The fuselage landed at a fairgrounds' property. One wing reportedly landed near an airport runway, and the other near a golf course.