Skydivers just barely miss colliding with airplane

Hey! This wasn't covered in the lesson!


Mike Fenn

Internet Culture

Published Feb 9, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 2:20 pm CDT

When you go skydiving, usually the only thing that you have to worry about as you hurtle toward the earth is when, precisely, to pull your parachute cord. As one very lucky—albeit terrified—skydiving instructor discovered, you can now add “watch that you don’t hit a plane on the way down.”

Yes, a plane. In the sky, of all places.

Skydiving instructor and YouTube user Forest Pullman was filming yet another jump out of a plane—just another boring day at the office. As he and his thrill-seeking passenger glide through the air, their descent (and existence) is almost cut short when they barely miss hitting a small plane.

Pullman was gracious enough to slow the video down to a frame-by-frame explanation of what happened, showing just how terrifyingly close the plane’s wing and propeller came to them. When the video plays at its normal speed, you can see just how quickly it happened and how little time they had to react.

It couldn’t have been worse than almost colliding with a meteorite.

Needless to say, both of them landed safely, although the unidentified woman might not be leaping from anything higher than a front step for the time being.

Screengrab via forest pullman/YouTube

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*First Published: Feb 9, 2015, 1:12 pm CST