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(Deadspin)   Most of the skydivers from this weekend's two plane mid-air collision were wearing helmet cams. Here's the video   (deadspin.com) divider line 205
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2013-11-04 11:47:32 PM
That is one of the craziest things I've ever seen, and complete miracle no one was hurt.
 
2013-11-04 11:56:41 PM
Holy shiat!

Why were they getting that close to the other plane?

And insane and great that everyone survived with no injuries.
 
2013-11-05 12:01:06 AM
Fark me, that is terrifying.
 
2013-11-05 12:08:05 AM
Which plane farked up?

/the pilot who landed is a lucky fark too
 
2013-11-05 12:12:37 AM
Would make a great GoPro ad, if they were wearing GoPros of course.
 
2013-11-05 12:34:49 AM

scottydoesntknow: Holy shiat!

Why were they getting that close to the other plane?

And insane and great that everyone survived with no injuries.


Thrill-seekers often do very stupid things, this looks like one of them.
 
2013-11-05 12:40:33 AM
meh... this was probably just some flash-mob, improv-everywhere, viral-video, marketing stunt meant to drum up interest for an energy drink or helmet-cam company.

now show me three planes involved in something like that and I'll be impressed.
 
2013-11-05 12:55:53 AM
That could have ended a lot worse.
 
2013-11-05 01:13:53 AM
They were all very lucky!  Of course this has turned me off of ever jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.  Oh, it had been on the long-term to-do list, but not anymore!
 
2013-11-05 01:14:20 AM
I didn't want to skydive before, and FARK NO to skydiving now.
 
2013-11-05 01:24:20 AM

bdub77: That is one of the craziest things I've ever seen, and complete miracle no one was hurt.


Well, they kind of had the proper equipment on hand to survive the situation =)


bluorangefyre: Of course this has turned me off of ever jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.


It wasn't so perfect after the collision...
 
2013-11-05 01:26:11 AM

scottydoesntknow: And insane and great that everyone survived with no injuries.


No serious injuries.  The pilot of the destroyed aircraft got a bit banged up.
 
2013-11-05 01:29:13 AM
Why would Fark link to Deadspin when it's clearly ripping off NBC's licensed video?
 
2013-11-05 01:31:23 AM

bdub77: That is one of the craziest things I've ever seen, and complete miracle no one was hurt.


My sentiments precisely.
 
2013-11-05 01:35:12 AM

Chagrin: Why would Fark link to Deadspin when it's clearly ripping off NBC's licensed video?


When in doubt, link Gawker or Buzzfeed.
 
2013-11-05 01:35:21 AM
Yeah, just another reason  I WILL farkING NEVER, EVER GO SKYDIVING!

My boss at my weekend job took two of his teen-aged kids skydiving six months ago.  I still cannot understand doing that.
 
2013-11-05 01:35:43 AM
Blind spots? What blind spots?
 
2013-11-05 01:36:19 AM
"Deadspin" sounds like it's been waiting for a skydiving story.
 
2013-11-05 01:38:21 AM
Hole.  Lee.  shiat.
 
2013-11-05 01:38:59 AM
exclusive license, wow, way to go nbc.
nbc, NBC
 
2013-11-05 01:41:27 AM

Aulus: Yeah, just another reason  I WILL farkING NEVER, EVER GO SKYDIVING!

My boss at my weekend job took two of his teen-aged kids skydiving six months ago.  I still cannot understand doing that.


Still safer than driving.
 
2013-11-05 01:41:36 AM
Really hard to tell if the upper plane was dropping altitude or the lower plane was climbing (or both), but it's obvious that neither pilot would be able to have visual on the other from their respective positions.  If they were trying to maintain a formation I'd guess that having altitude separation was a really bad idea.  It also looks like the impact was relatively low-speed.  Like less than 100 ft/sec.  That alone is a friggin' miracle in and of itself.

There are so many ways that could have been much, much worse...
 
2013-11-05 01:42:46 AM
I maintain that this is how thousands could have been saved during the 911 attacks.


/imagine all the footage from that!
//still too soon, huh?
 
2013-11-05 01:42:58 AM
I can't wait.  30 years from now, when everyone has ocular implants and memory to spare to record every waking moment, do you realize the shiat we will be witness to on a daily basis?  Think of all the iPhone video moments we've lost because reaction time wasn't quick enough to capture the moment, and multiply that by a thousand.
 
2013-11-05 01:43:22 AM

scottydoesntknow: Holy shiat!

Why were they getting that close to the other plane?

And insane and great that everyone survived with no injuries.


It could be they hit a cold spot and dropped faster than they wanted to while the other plane was coasting and remained fairly level.

Purely speculative on my part, though.

The video was intense as all hell though.
 
2013-11-05 01:45:19 AM
Also yeah, normal skydiving is actually pretty safe.  You don't normally try to have two or more aircraft in close proximity like that.  I'd make an educated guess that this is almost entirely pilot error.
 
2013-11-05 01:48:22 AM
Skydiving is very fun, and actually not scary at all.  It goes way too fast actually.
 
2013-11-05 01:49:03 AM

Farker Soze: I can't wait.  30 years from now, when everyone has ocular implants and memory to spare to record every waking moment, do you realize the shiat we will be witness to on a daily basis?  Think of all the iPhone video moments we've lost because reaction time wasn't quick enough to capture the moment, and multiply that by a thousand.



Well, I just hope they all get recorded in landscape mode and not lessen magic moments like this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_DWWE3cjgg
 
2013-11-05 01:50:15 AM

basemetal: Which plane farked up?

/the pilot who landed is a lucky fark too


Not sure what they were trying to do, but there's no shortage of blind spots on those planes, and it sure looks like they were solidly within each other's.

In Canada, if you fly a plane for the purpose of dumping jumpers, you have to wear a chute yourself. I don't know if that's a rule in the US, but this would seem to be a convincing case for it.
 
2013-11-05 01:52:49 AM

Dafodude: Really hard to tell if the upper plane was dropping altitude or the lower plane was climbing (or both), but it's obvious that neither pilot would be able to have visual on the other from their respective positions.  If they were trying to maintain a formation I'd guess that having altitude separation was a really bad idea.  It also looks like the impact was relatively low-speed.  Like less than 100 ft/sec.  That alone is a friggin' miracle in and of itself.

There are so many ways that could have been much, much worse...


Something that struck me about the video is that is - by mid-air standards - a ridiculously gentle collision. And yet a second or so later one of them is falling out the sky, minus one wing, on fire.

Goddamn, mid-airs scare the shiat out of me.
 
2013-11-05 01:54:59 AM

Farker Soze: I can't wait.  30 years from now, when everyone has ocular implants and memory to spare to record every waking moment, do you realize the shiat we will be witness to on a daily basis?  Think of all the iPhone video moments we've lost because reaction time wasn't quick enough to capture the moment, and multiply that by a thousand.


People sharing every minute detail of their lives definitely isn't annoying enough yet.
 
2013-11-05 01:55:38 AM

GungFu: Farker Soze: I can't wait.  30 years from now, when everyone has ocular implants and memory to spare to record every waking moment, do you realize the shiat we will be witness to on a daily basis?  Think of all the iPhone video moments we've lost because reaction time wasn't quick enough to capture the moment, and multiply that by a thousand.


Well, I just hope they all get recorded in landscape mode and not lessen magic moments like this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_DWWE3cjgg


Yes, exactly, that's what I'm talking about.  Hi-Def 500 megapixel recordings of a chance meeting of Michael Stipe and Chad Kroger?  Priceless.
 
2013-11-05 01:57:26 AM
They landed at the Bong Airport.
 
2013-11-05 01:58:19 AM

Dafodude: Also yeah, normal skydiving is actually pretty safe.  You don't normally try to have two or more aircraft in close proximity like that.  I'd make an educated guess that this is almost entirely pilot error.


I'm going to go with 100% pilot error.  Granted both planes were in each other's blind spots but they were supposedly doing a multi person jump and both planes new the other was supposed to be there so one of then should have had the other in visual contact at all times and as soon as that was lost they should have done something to increase separation between the planes.
 
2013-11-05 01:59:23 AM

costermonger: And yet a second or so later one of them is falling out the sky, minus one wing, on fire.


farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2013-11-05 02:02:00 AM
i474.photobucket.com

For everyone involved.
 
2013-11-05 02:04:06 AM
There was a chance they'd be reporting the deaths of eleven souls?

The bigger story is that NBC knows when the soul dies. Philosophers have been debating the mere existence of the soul for millennia; its creation, when it enters and leaves the body, whether it returns... but NBC has the scoop.
 
2013-11-05 02:04:56 AM
On a scale of one to ten, I'd rate that a "Holy Jesus farknuts!"
 
2013-11-05 02:08:11 AM

dudemanbro: Would make a great GoPro ad, if they were wearing GoPros of course.


Having borrowed my brother's GoPro for the first time for a company go-karting event I have to say I'm pretty damned impressed with them.  Add to that all of the examples of television use, freak accidents they've survived and caught on video, etc, and their reputation is well-deserved.  The video quality blows away anything else I have by a long shot.

When I heard he bought one, I choked on the price.  Now I'm well within the 'worth every penny' camp.

/Just wish I did more stuff worthy of it...
 
2013-11-05 02:10:06 AM

Hoopy Frood: There was a chance they'd be reporting the deaths of eleven souls?

The bigger story is that NBC knows when the soul dies. Philosophers have been debating the mere existence of the soul for millennia; its creation, when it enters and leaves the body, whether it returns... but NBC has the scoop.


You tell'em Steve-Dave.
 
2013-11-05 02:10:42 AM
static2.stuff.co.nz
 
2013-11-05 02:18:04 AM

Farker Soze: I can't wait.  30 years from now, when everyone has ocular implants and memory to spare to record every waking moment, do you realize the shiat we will be witness to on a daily basis?  Think of all the iPhone video moments we've lost because reaction time wasn't quick enough to capture the moment, and multiply that by a thousand.


Nothing can possibly go wrong with that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw-JFzMb6r0
 
2013-11-05 02:18:39 AM

Farker Soze: I can't wait.  30 years from now, when everyone has ocular implants and memory to spare to record every waking moment, do you realize the shiat we will be witness to on a daily basis?  Think of all the iPhone video moments we've lost because reaction time wasn't quick enough to capture the moment, and multiply that by a thousand.


Literally. I'll open mt 24/7 IBS experiments channel.
 
2013-11-05 02:28:55 AM
Plane on fire, wing missing, hurtling earthward: good time to jump!
Plane working fine: read a book
 
2013-11-05 02:32:09 AM

Aulus: My boss at my weekend job took two of his teen-aged kids skydiving six months ago. I still cannot understand doing that.


You will if you ever have a teenager. What you won't understand is why he gave them their chutes.
 
2013-11-05 02:33:56 AM

lewismarktwo: Still safer than driving.


Assuming an average skydiving session is about 1 hour you're an order of magnitude more likely to die in an hour of skydiving than an hour of motor vehicle travel -- something like 6.1 fatalities/million hours skydiving vs. 0.58 fatalities/million hours driving. If you only count the time you're falling and not the whole plane ride it's even worse.
 
2013-11-05 02:34:00 AM

vincentfox: Plane on fire, wing missing, hurtling earthward: good time to jump!


This is major Tom to ground control, I'm stepping through the door 
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
 
2013-11-05 02:38:13 AM
i190.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-05 02:42:49 AM

Aulus: Yeah, just another reason  I WILL farkING NEVER, EVER GO SKYDIVING!


log_jammin: I didn't want to skydive before, and FARK NO to skydiving now.


So what you're saying is, the next time you're tens of thousands of feet up in a mechanical contraption built, maintained and operated by fallible humans, you don't want a parachute?
 
2013-11-05 02:45:35 AM
What's the big deal? They were going to jump anyway.
 
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