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Two F-15 fighter jets nearly hit a pair of skydivers at 350mph

Two F-15 fighter jets nearly hit a pair of skydivers at 350mph

Two skydivers nearly collided in mid-air with a pair of fighter jets travelling at almost 350mph over the UK, a report has revealed.

The parachutists were free-falling at speeds of 120mph over Chatteris airfield in Cambridge when the US warplanes passed underneath them.

The two freefallers could have been killed instantly had they hit the F15 fighter jets as they tumbled through the air over the Cambridge town of Chatteris on April 17.

Details of the incident in April have been revealed in a report by the UK Airprox Board, which classified it in the second-highest danger category.

The air safety assessors said they had seen footage recorded on the helmet camera of one of the skydivers and could “clearly see” the F15 jets passing beneath.

Two F-15 fighter jets nearly hit a pair of skydivers at 350mph
A graphic shows how narrowly the jets avoided colliding with the skydivers

The report said: “Once the parachutists had seen the F15s there was very little they could do to avoid the situation, having no control over their speed or direction whilst in free-fall.”

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