Watch this: Skydivers (and pilots) miraculously escape terrifying midair collision

NBC has obtained the footage recorded last weekend as two planes with 9 skydivers collided midair over Wisconsin at dusk.

Several skydivers had cameras strapped to their helmet and filmed what could be a disaster. However, shocking footage aside, the collision did not cost the life to anyone: miraculously, all the skydivers jumped to safety, one of the pilots used the emergency chute, whereas the other pilot managed to land its Cessna A185 back at the airfield in spite of the damages on both fuselage and wing.

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The two aircraft were flying at approximately 12,000 feet and 125 knots when the trailing one hits the leader (flying slightly lower than it) for reasons that are being unvestigated. Footage clearly shows the second plane, with skydivers already in position to jump, fly right on top of the first one.

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Image credit: via NBC

The fireball and the subsequent terrifying plummet among the burning parts of the first plane.

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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.