Nightly News   |  July 02, 2013

Spirit Airlines flight narrowly avoids collision

A skydiving plane encountered a Spirit Airlines jet in the same airspace, and were separated by only 400 feet in altitude at one point. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> scary moments this past sunday evening in the skies over michigan, where a skydiving plane was cruising at 14,000 feet. the problem came when a spirit airlines jet came along, they were not supposed to be sharing the same airspace. at one point the spirit plane was separated from the skydiving plane by only 400 feet in altitude. the spirit airplane was forced to drop nose and land quickly. it was harrowing for the people on board the flight to dfw. everyone on the plane was screaming, we thought we were going down.