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How much was paid for video of skydiver plane collision?

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It's the miracle at 12,000 feet that has an awful lot of people talking -- and some spending some serious cash for the footage captured on GoPro cameras worn by the skydiving survivors of the mid-air collision.

The two planes operated by Skydive Superior were carrying a group of skydivers over Superior, Wis., on Saturday when the thrill seekers got much more than they bargained for.

"When that hit, it put a lot of load on the wing and the wing flipped up," said Mark Androsky, owner of Skydive Superior.

Many of the skydivers were wearing cameras on their helmets and were getting ready to make their jumps when the planes collided above the airport. The footage that shows what happened, frame by frame, is incredible -- and that's why a national television network is paying upwards of $200,000 for the exclusive rights.

Over the weekend, the owner of the company walked Fox 9 News through the details of the sudden mid-air collision. There were 9 skydivers and 2 pilots traveling at 100 mph at 12,000 feet.

"The lead plane was destroyed. Wings came off -- they were on fire," Mike Robinson recalled. "Everybody got out safely. The pilot got out safely and used his emergency parachute."

Robinson said he could not believe his eyes when he looked up at the wreckage, but somehow, the fiery debris missed everyone and all were able to deploy their parachutes and land safely.

"Everybody did what they needed to under the circumstances," Robinson said. "Fortunately, no one was injured in the collision."

Crumpled pieces are all that remains of the Cessna that fell to the ground in flames, but video footage caught glimpses of its last moments before the crash -- footage that has been purchased for a pretty penny.

"I've never heard of two planes colliding with that many on board and then everyone living," Nick Halseth, president of the Minnesota Skydivers Club, said.

Halseth said he is anxious to watch the footage to see what mistakes might have been made and what safety enhancements could follow.

"That's what I look at," he said. "It's hard for me to look at something and just say flat out, 'It's dangerous; I'm not going to do this.' I want to look at the details of what was involved. We'll learn from this."

The pilot second plane involved in the crash was able to land the plane safely despite the crash, but the owners described it as "crippled."

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