COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– Some skydivers seemed to have little choice when it came to a planned jump. One of the engines on their plane caught fire on Sunday so they decided to bail out a little early.
The plane flew out of the Colorado Springs Airport on Sunday when the engine burst into flames shortly after takeoff.
Thirteen skydivers were on board and say they saw flames out of the window.
They decided to jump even though they didn’t hear instructions from the pilot.
“The first guy out, he didn’t get a response from the pilot but he was like, ‘I’m getting out of this plane immediately’ and I was like, ‘I’m following that guy. I’m out,'” said skydiver Leah Sitzes.
“The adrenaline definitely took over, probably overruled any scary stuff happening at the moment. I was like, ‘Okay, this is what we’ve got to do. Go, go, go!'” said skydiver Ryan Gahsman.
No one was hurt and the pilot landed safely. Officials believe the fire may have started after a bird got into the engine.
The skydivers said they will jump again.