November 4th, 2013
07:49 AM ET

Two Skydiving Planes Collide Mid-Air

Two planes packed with nearly a dozen skydivers, collide in mid-air over Wisconsin and amazingly - everyone survived.

The planes had just reached their target altitude some 12,000 feet in the air when something went wrong just seconds before the jump.

“It turned out to be a jump for their lives,” reports CNN’s George Howell. “One of the pilots remembered hearing a loud bang. Then -  the windshield shattered  The planes - collided - in mid-air.”

Skydiver Mike Robinson says, "We're not exactly sure why they collided yet, but they did. And in the process, the lead plane was destroyed."

Everybody got out safely even though the wings were on fire and came off.

“The pilot of the trail plane also survived, landing his aircraft safely,” Howell reports.

For something that's so routine for these skydivers, who've had hundreds, or even thousands of jumps under their belts, this accident served as a reminder.

"We go through extensive training to learn how to be safe,” Robinson says, “We were just lucky this time. Unfortunately with an airplane crash, you take what you get."

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