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Sunday, November 3, 2013

MIRACLE IN THE SKY: 2 planes collide over Superior, 1 crashes; all 11 aboard OK

MINNEAPOLIS  – Skydivers jumped to safety after a plane lost its wings and caught on fire Saturday afternoon following a mid-air collision with another plane in northern Wisconsin, reports say.

The two planes collided at 12,000 feet near the Richard I. Bong Airport in Superior, Wis., the Northland NewsCenter reports.

Authorities say the two planes were carrying a group of nine skydivers for a tandem jump. But when the planes reached 12,000 feet, the trail plane came over the top of the lead plane and got caught up in its turbulence. The planes then collided, and the lead plane lost its wings and started on fire, the report said.

Those inside the burning plane were able to skydive to safety. The pilot used an emergency parachute to escape. Emergency crews brought the pilot, who suffered minor injuries upon landing, to an area hospital.

The trail plane landed safely.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the collision.

Superior, Wis., is opposite Duluth on Superior Bay.

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