Pilots lose licences after plane crashes in terrifying failed ‘plane swap’ stunt
Two pilots have had their flying credentials revoked after their attempt at a daredevil stunt went wrong.
The never-before attempted stunt involved the two pilots attempting to skydive into each other's planes in mid-flight.
Experiences pilots Luke Aikins and Andy Farrington made the attempt on April 24 in Arizona.
But although Aikins made it into the other plane, Farrington was unable to make it into the other aircraft, leading to it crashing into the Arizona desert.
Fortunately, both pilots were uninjured in the incident.
In the wake of the incident the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revoked the licences of both pilots.
The FAA branded the two pilots as “careless and reckless as to endanger the life and property of another", adding that they had taken off their seatbelts and needlessly left their aircraft.
Aikins, who was also the lead pilot on the stunt, had applied for a permit from the FAA to make the attempt at the stunt.
However, just two days before the date that the stunt had been scheduled to be attempted the FAA confirmed that it would not grant the permit for the pair to attempt the feat.
But this decision did not faze Aikins, who decided to go ahead with the stunt despite not having approval from the FAA.
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In an Instagram post made on April 29, he said: “I made the personal decision to move forward with plane swap.
“I regret not sharing this information with my team and those who supported me.”
Aikins had first been inspired to do the stunt some 22 years before, and said he considered it to be the pinnacle of his career.
The pair are both experienced stunt pilots with the Red Bull aviation crew, as well as skydivers.
The stunt involved the two pilots taking off in their Cessna 182 single seat aircraft before climbing to an altitude of 14,000 feet.
They then position the planes in a synchronised nosedive and skydive into each other's aircraft, and then safely land them.
Before exiting the planes, the pilots will stop the engines and use a custom airbrake that will hold the planes in a controlled descent.
This means that when they enter the other cockpit in mid air they must disengage the airbrake systems, restart the engines, and take control of the planes.
Aikins set a new world record in 2016 by freefalling from an altitude of 25,000 feet without a parachute.
Farrington has recorded over 27,000 jumps, including 100 with Aikins, 1,000 BASE jumps and 6,000 hours as a pilot, according to Red Bull.
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