November 3, 2013 - On Saturday evening two
airplanes caring skydivers collided in midair at
or about 12,000 feet over Superior, Wisconsin,
close to the Minnesota state line. None of the
nine skydivers and two pilots received any
The two Cessna aircraft of Skydive Superior had
departed Bong Airport in Superior, Wisconsin in
formation for what is known as the "sunset load"
the last jump of the day. Both aircraft had
reached their climb altitudes. Four skydivers
and a pilot were in the lead plane and five
skydivers and a pilot in the trail plane began
to prepare for what was to be a routine jump.
The skydivers of the lead aircraft exited the
aircraft onto the step of the aircraft while
maintaining their positions on the step in a
jump formation the skydivers in second aircraft
began exiting their aircraft and positioning
themselves onto the step of their aircraft.
Three of the skydivers in the rear aircraft had
positioned themselves out on the step of their
aircraft the other two skydivers were preparing
to exit the aircraft and take their positions on
the step when all of a sudden the tail aircraft
came over the top of the lead plane and
descended on top of the aircraft resulting in a
wing separation of the lead aircraft and turning
it into a ball of fire.