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Skydive Superior Shows Off New Plane After Mid-Air Crash

Updated: 05/05/2014 5:15 PM
Created: 05/05/2014 4:20 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

After a close call back in November, Skydive Superior is back in the sky with their new plane.

"We got our new replacement plane," Instructor Mike Robinson said. "This has got more power so we get to altitude quicker. It's got more room inside so we can get another jumper or two in in."

The new turbo, single-engine plane came in about three weeks ago. It replaced the plane that was destroyed during a mid-air collision. The other plane that was damaged during that crash is still being repaired.

"There was some people who took it worse than others," skydiver John Rodorigo said.

One of those people is Sarah Perrine. We talked with her after one of her first few jumps since the plane crash.

"It was nerve racking," Perrine said. "I was ready to throw up, but I had five months to overthink things."

Overcoming that fear is the name of the game for new and veteran skydivers. Skydive Superior took up St. Scholastica junior and bronze medalist Nina Waidacher in the new plane.

"It's the first time ever for me and the medal," Waidacher.

Waidacher wore the medal during the jump. She said she was nervous before taking the plunge, but after she did it she was smiling from ear to ear.

"Oh, it's amazing," Waidacher said. "I can't even describe it. It was so cool."

The NTSB is still investigating the crash. Online documents show the preliminary report is done, but the factual and probable cause reports are not complete.

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