Skydivers who survived crash over Superior hope company won't be a casualty


The nine skydivers and two pilots who walked away from a mid-air collision over Superior, Wisc., this month hope the company that took them airborne will also survive the crash.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the two planes involved in the crash were the only ones owned by Skydive Superior. One of the owners of the company estimates it will take $150,000 to replace a plane that was destroyed and repair the one that was damaged. Mark Androsky tells the newspaper Skydive Superior carried liability insurance but the planes themselves were not insured.

The divers were preparing to jump in formation when one of the planes crashed down on top of the other. The skydivers and one of the pilots parachuted to the ground, while the other pilot was able to land the damaged plane.

The crew traveled to New York two days later to tell their remarkable story to NBC's Today show. Their visit included the sale of the rights to helmet-cam videos and other footage of the incident.

That sale gives Skydive Superior a start toward getting back in the air, but the company won't say how much it was paid. While the New York Daily News and Washington Post reported it was $100,000, an unidentified source told the News Tribune Skydive Superior received less than that.

Northland's News Center reports that once they returned from New York, the divers and pilots reunited for a viewing of the segment that Dateline NBC put together on the crash, which the show called "Miracle on the Sunset Dive."

In their interviews, the skydivers have made two things clear: they feel lucky to have survived and they look forward to skydiving again. They are clearly avid about their hobby. Trisha Roy tells the News Tribune she's made 261 jumps since taking up skydiving a year-and-a-half ago.

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