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Skydiving planes collide in midair, jumpers survive

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Two planes, carrying nine skydivers from Wisconsin, collided in midair Saturday. All nine survived. (Source: Skydive Superior/KQDS/CNN) Two planes, carrying nine skydivers from Wisconsin, collided in midair Saturday. All nine survived. (Source: Skydive Superior/KQDS/CNN)

SUPERIOR, WI (KQDS/CNN) – Two planes carrying nine skydivers from Wisconsin collided in midair on Nov. 2.

Miraculously, all nine skydivers survived the ordeal.

For the group of adventure-seekers, who have hundreds and even thousands of jumps under their belts, it was just another day out in the skies.

"In this case our lead plane had four jumpers in it. I was one of those four, the trail plane had five jumpers in it," said skydive instructor Mike Robinson.

Flying in formation, the two planes got to their target of 12,000 feet and prepared for the jump.

"The four jumpers on the lead plane, actually get out of the plane, they are out on the step, then they leave," Robinson said. "Meanwhile, the jumpers on the trail plane have done the same. They are on the step. So, when they see these jumpers leave, they leave."

Just as all nine were ready to leave the aircraft, the two planes collided.

"We're not sure why they collided yet, but they did. The lead plane was destroyed, the wings came off, [and] they were on fire. Everybody got out safely," Robinson said.

As an activity the skydivers have done so many times before, the accident serves as an solemn reminder.

"It's definitely a reminder of the sports that we all love," Robinson said." It can be a dangerous sport, it usually is not. We go through [an] extensive training to learn how to be safe. Unfortunately, an airplane crashed, you know you take what you can get in the circumstances, we were just lucky this time."

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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