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Skydivers Capture a Terrifying Midair Plane Crash on Helmet Cam, Escape Unscathed

The kinds of stunts the rise of action cameras has allowed us to capture in POV are often scary, but more often than not they’re also planned. However, for nine skydivers, the footage their helmet mounted GoPros captured recently wasn’t planned in the least, and it will likely be the most terrifying thing you see all week… or month… or year.

The skydivers were getting ready for a planned group jump over Wisconsin last Saturday when the planes carrying them collided in midair, throwing the jumpers from the plane and turning what should have been an exhilarating and fun experience with friends into a terrifying near-tragedy.

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Fortunately, we’re able to use the term “near-tragedy,” because all nine skydivers and the pilots of both planes survived unharmed and, what’s more, recorded the entire thing from several different angles — if the Red Bull mountain biker video was action cam heaven, this could easily quality as the opposite extreme.

What it is for certain, though, is several miracles caught on camera: from the skydivers who all managed to avoid being hit by burning debris, to the pilot who used his emergency parachute to escape the wreckage midair, to the last pilot who managed to land the heavily damaged second plane safely.


 
 
  • Maxxx

    Video won’t play for me.. just freezes after one second.

  • Ivor Wilson

    Same here.

  • rachira

    yep.. same here

  • steven

    Click on the video and it will bring you to the site, you can view it from there.

  • steven

    Click on the video and it will bring you to the site, you can view it from there…

  • steven

    Click on the video and it will bring you to the site, you can view it from there..

  • Ivor Wilson

    Thanks Steven, but it still doesn’t play, even at the site.

  • Scott Scheetz

    If you are using an adblock plugin, that seems to keep the video from loading and playing. Turn it off for the page, and it should work. Then you can turn it back on.

  • Ivor Wilson

    Yep, that worked, thanks Scott.

  • Lou

    Page not found, even with AdBlock disabled, and shift-refreshed, both here and on the site. :/

  • ninpou_kobanashi
  • paul warren

    Go Go-Pro ..! ( – ;

  • matt jones

    didn’t work for me, although the advertising played beautifully. Perhaps it only plays inside the US.

  • Bristol

    Jeez, was that just an accident that those planes were flying so close or were they trying to do some formation thing? I mean, you have the entire sky to fly in, how do you crash into another tiny plane like that?

  • guest

    Wouldn’t load for me right after you put up this article and it still won’t load hours later. There’s no point to keeping this around if everybody has to go to YouTube and search for the clip themselves.

  • bob

    You should change the video to the youtube link. The american site probably only works in America.

  • http://www.richardfordphotography.com/ Richard Ford

    “Licenced by NBC”. Someone made sure they made a buck out of this. :-S

  • markz

    thanks for that…
    for the other’s just saying
    “click through”
    sorry but no go…
    originally posted link wouldn’t play nor clicking through
    no ad blocker active, tried on several browsers

    the samsung phaplet ad before the non playing news video played perfect though.

  • zeptom

    For me it just worked after I turned off my plugin for adblocks and went to there site. But see now that other wasnt that lucky, so good that someone put it on a better platform.

  • Sarpent

    Doesn’t’ play for me no matter what I do (not running any adbock software). Thank god the pre-roll commercial runs, though. I would have hate to have missed that on all three of my attempts.

  • jeff

    lets me watch the bloody ad but not the show, plus the ad said it was 15 seconds and it was acutally 30 thanks.

  • Kevin

    Thats why its called an “accident”. Stuff like that happens sometimes.