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10/1/2014 5:56:59 AM

Watch The Terrifying Moment 2 Planes Collide in Skydiving Accident

It’s video ripped straight out of a nightmare. Dramatic footage taken from the helmet cameras of skydivers who survived the midair collision Saturday between two small aircraft in Wisconsin reveals the horrific moment the planes slammed into each other 12,000 feet above the ground.

The video, taken from inside one of the Cessnas, clearly shows one of the single-engine planes sandwiched against the other. The impact knocks a skydiver over the tail of the plane while another jumper clings to a strut before tumbling into the sky.

As the plane missing a wing plunges toward earth, the video shows it exploding into a fireball and the skydivers scrambling to avoid burning debris.

The damaged Cessna had four skydivers and a pilot aboard, while the second plane had another six. Its pilot landed the craft safely. All 11 people on the two planes miraculously survived.

NBC News secured the footage Monday, paying the skydivers $100,000 for the rights to air the video and lock them into exclusive, televised interviews on the “Today” show, “Nightly News” and an upcoming episode of “Dateline.”

“NBC News is proud to have this remarkable footage of human survival for use across all of our platforms and broadcasts, including an hour-long ‘Dateline’ special,” a network rep told the Daily News.

“Our licensing of this footage is standard industry practice and is the result of a very competitive process with other major broadcast outlets.”

Making a deal for footage is a common practice, but is also an ethical sore point for news organizations that typically frown on paying for news.

NBC’s rivals, like ABC News, were quick to pounce on the transaction.

“We don’t pay for interviews and dropped out of the bidding for the footage, which is what we wanted, when it became clear that interviews and cash payments were all tied up in the so-called licensing of the video,” ABC News Senior Vice President Jeffrey Schneider said. Sources said that CBS was also approached to buy the footage, but declined.

	First hand photo of the two skydiving planes that collided mid air and left no one dead.    NBC Universal
A still shot of the horrific moment the two planes slammed into each other 12,000 feet above the ground in Wisconsin. The skydivers, some of whom are shown tumbling through the air, and both pilots miraculously survived.

Officials are still investigating why the two airplanes collided.

Officials are still investigating why the two airplanes collided.

Skydiving instructor Mike Robinson recalled the moment his Cessna 182`s right wing ripped off `in a ball of fire.`

All of the passengers were veteran jumpers, according to instructor Mike Robinson.

An FAA investigator on Sunday examines the wreckage of one of the planes that collided over Superior, Wis., the day before. No one was seriously injured in the incident.




Watch The Terrifying Moment 2 Planes Collide in Skydiving AccidentWatch The Terrifying Moment 2 Planes Collide in Skydiving Accident

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