Daredevil pilots fail at mid-air plane swap stunt as aircraft crashes

A pair of pilots have failed to complete a stunt that would see the two swap planes in mid-air during a daring stunt.

The never-before-seen stunt ended poorly for the daredevil pilots, two cousins from Arizona, USA, with the attempt at swapping planes via a skydiving stunt ending in failure after one aircraft spiralled out of control.

Luke Aikins, 48, and Andy Farrington, 39, had attempted the stunt but couldn't complete the energy drink-sponsored escapade as one of the planes nosedived out of control and crashed.

The pair were to fly the planes, leap out of Red Bull sponsored Cessna planes and then freefall into the other plane.

While the stunt started well, seeing the cousins leap out of the aircraft and following a pre-prepared formation, Aikin's plane soon lost control and nosedived to the ground.

Luckily neither man was injured in the flight, with Aikin's plane tipping over the planned 90 degree dive, leaving Farrington with no plane to commandeer.

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Farrington thankfully abandoned his plans of commandeering the failing aircraft and instead parachuted safely to the ground, while his cousin commandeered the remaining plane.

Farrington said: "It just went and instead of stopping in that 90-degree dive, it just kept going and got over on his back. It was just not a chance."

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Aikins said: "I thought I left Andy a good plane. I'm trying to think of what else I could have done to make it better for him when I left. We do what we can to prepare for this stuff and we hope it never happens.

"This is the best outcome of a bummer situation, really. You're just happy everybody's here and good and all that stuff, but just disappointed."

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says it did not grant a safety permit for the stunt livestreamed on streaming platform Hulu, Daily Mail reports.

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