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Skydivers' miraculous escape from mid-air plane crash

A group of skydivers had a miraculous escape after the two planes they were flying in crashed mid-air, sending them all tumbling towards the ground.

None of the nine skydivers or two pilots sustained serious injury when the planes collided in Wisconsin near Lake Superior.

Instructor Mike Robinson was set to complete his fourth and final jump of the day and the planes were flying in formation before the crash.

One of the plane is on fire after the collision. Credit: NBC News

It was supposed to be a routine skydive for Robinson, who had previously completed 936 jumps, but it quickly went wrong for the group.

We do this all the time.

We just don't know what happened for sure that caused this.

– Skydiving Instructor Mike Robinson

He and three other skydivers were in the lead plane, and all four had climbed out onto the step at the side of the aircraft poised to jump.

The plane behind theirs had five skydivers on board, three in position to jump and two more inside the plane.

Both pilots managed to escape serious injury. Credit: NBC News

We were just a few seconds away from having a normal skydive when the trail plane came over the top of the lead aircraft and came down on top of it.

It turned into a big flash fireball, and the wing separated.

All of us knew we had a crash. The wing over our head was gone, so we just left.

– Skydiving Instructor Mike Robinson

Three skydivers who were on the step of the second plane got knocked unconscious upon impact but managed to safely land.

Robinson said the skydivers had parachutes that allowed them to steer themselves away from the falling debris.

However, the skydivers plan to jump again. Credit: NBC News

The pilot of the plane Robinson was in managed to eject himself and the second pilot landed the aircraft safely despite serious damage to the wing and propeller.

It might have been a lot worse.

Everybody, to a person, responded just as they should, including the pilots.

– Skydiving Instructor Mike Robinson

Robinson, who said the jumpers only suffered a few bruises and bumps, would not hesitate to dive again.

Whenever the clouds and winds allow us to be up, we'll be jumping.

– Skydiving Instructor Mike Robinson