2013 C-182 C-185 Formation Flying Formation Flying Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Single-Engine Superior WI

C-182L/C-185 Non-Fatal Superior, WI November 2, 2013

On November 2, 2013, about 1800 central daylight time, a Cessna 185F, N94059, sustained substantial damage when it collided with a Cessna 182L, N70520, during a formation skydiving flight near Superior, Wisconsin. The pilot was able to maintain control of the Cessna 185F and land at the Richard I. Bong Airport (SUW), Superior, Wisconsin. The five skydivers in the Cessna 185F jumped free of the airplane during the collision and deployed their parachutes and were not injured.

C-182 report
C-185 report

[box]SUPERIOR, Wis. – Two planes carrying skydivers collided in midair Saturday evening in far northwest Wisconsin, but no major injuries were reported. Full story…

Video of the collision from NBC News
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One reply on “C-182L/C-185 Non-Fatal Superior, WI November 2, 2013”

What was #2 doing *above* lead in this accident?!?! Had these guys no training in formation flying?

The cardinal rule is: “Never lose sight of lead.”

Why is this the cardinal rule? It prevents the wingman from failing in his primary duty: “Don’t hit lead.”

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