Nine skydivers and two pilots miraculously survived after two Cessna planes crashed together Saturday evening near Lake Superior.
Video footage of the crash shows one group of divers about to jump from the plane, when the two planes suddenly collide at 12,000 ft.
Fire erupts from the planes and sends three skydivers flying through the air. The remaining skydiver jumps from the plane as the pilot ejects himself.
“Looking around, we’re seeing the wing that came off,” Instructor Mike Robinson said. “We’re seeing it’s on fire, and there are just parts of the airplane floating in the air with us.”
Because the skydivers were falling faster than the airplane pieces, Robinson said his main concern was moving away from the crash site.
Despite damage to the propeller and wing, the second plane landed safely.
“It might’ve been a lot worse, Robinson said. “Everybody, to a person, responded just as they should, including the pilots.”
One pilot suffered minor injuries, and some skydivers walked away with bruises and muscle soreness.
The Federal Aviation Administration is currently investigating into the cause of the event.
There were no known mechanical problems on the 7-year-old Boeing 777 from South Korea, which crashed Saturday at San Francisco International airport, killing two and injuring at least 181, an Asiana Airlines CEO said Sunday.
“We purchased this airplane in March 2006 … currently we understand that there are no engine or mechanical problems,” Yoon Young-Doo, the president and chief executive of the airline, told a press conference at company headquarters.
He said the pilots had about 19,000 hours flying experience between the two of them. He did not comment on pilot error or air traffic control problems as a potential cause of the crash.
"For now, we acknowledge that there were no problems caused by the 777-200 plane or engines," Yoon said. He said when the plane was landing, the crew made usual in flight announcements and no emergency alarm sounded.
The two passengers killed on Asiana Airlines flight 214 were Chinese nationals, two 16-year-old girls. Chinese state media said they were Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia of Jiangshan Middle School in China's eastern Zhejiang province.
"I bow my head and sincerely apologize for causing concern to the passengers, families and our people,” Yoon said.
The flight from Seoul has 291 passengers and 16 crew. Of those on board, 141 were Chinese nationals, 77 were South Korean, 61 Americans, one Japanese, three Indians, three Canadians, one French, one Vietnamese, and 19 others of unidentified nationality.
“Please accept my deepest apology,” Yoon said, bowing to cameras in the press conference.
“We’ll make our utmost efforts to cope with the tragedy.”
A stunt plane crashed and burst into flames at an air show in Ohio early Saturday afternoon, reportedly killing the pilot and a wing walker.
The crash did not injure any spectators on the ground at the Vectren Air Show near Dayton, according to the Inquisitr.
Jane Wicker was scheduled to be the wing walker at the time of the crash, according to USA Today. The pilot flying the plane at the time of the crash was reportedly Charlie Schwenker.
The plane turned upside-down with the wing walker sitting on its wing, and then tilted, went into the ground and exploded, in a video of the flight.
Wicker’s full-time job was as a budget analyst for the Federal Aviation Administration, according to Cleveland.com.
In an interview with WDTN-TV this week, she described her signature wing-walking move — sitting on the bottom of an upside-down airplane.
"I'm never nervous or scared because I know if I do everything as I usually do, everything's going to be just fine," she said in the interview.
Wicker’s Twitter account shows she was excited for the Dayton Air Show. She said in multiple tweets last week that she was “All set for Dayton,” that the Dayton air show would “be a blast” and that she was in Dayton “ready to rock this town.”
She wrote on her website that she had gone through many hours of practice and that she had not had any close calls in her experience as a wing walker.
"What you see us do out there is after an enormous amount of practice and fine tuning, not to mention the airplane goes through microscopic care,” Wicker wrote. “It is a managed risk and that is what keeps us alive.”