13 skydivers jump from burning plane

Skydivers Escape Plane Fire

A group of skydivers were forced to parachute to safety after a plane's engine caught fire just after take off in Colorado.

The engine fire occurred just after the plane took off from Colorado Springs East Airport around 1.45pm on Sunday.

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Officials believe a bird may have got into the engine, causing the fire.

The 13 passengers that jumped were clients of Into the Blue Skydiving, according to Fox21.

Trent Reese was one of the skydivers on board. He told KRDO: "The pilot took a few seconds to assess the situation and he said 'everybody out.' And we were at a safe altitude for all of us to get out. And we all landed safely."

Some of the skydivers were forced to use their reserve parachutes because they were jumping too close to the ground. They normally jump at around 12,000ft but made this jump at 2,000ft.

It reportedly took a little while to find all the skydivers scattered around the surrounding area, but everybody was ultimately found safe and well.

The plane also returned safely back to the runway after making an emergency landing.

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A glacier is a living being, they flow slowly and weather from above. They are constantly evolving. Jet yourself over to the Westland Tai Poutini National Park in New Zealand and trek across the ever-changing, but always beautiful Fox Glacier.

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Head to Calgary and jump aboard a bobsleigh as it hurtles down Canada Olympic Park’s track at speeds of up to 75 mph. The good news? The driver’s a professional. The bad news? The 14-turn ride only lasts 60 seconds, and is not for the easily dizzied.

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Sledding may traditionally be a solo affair, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a lone wolf. Head to Alaska’s Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park and you can cruise across the icy terrain with your eight new furry friends.

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For anyone who’s tried, cycling through snow can be a bit risky and not that easy! Avoid disaster and get yourself a fat bike. These bikes are basically the same as a normal bike only with beefed up tires that make it easy to venture across snowy terrains. 

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If you really want to take things to the extreme this winter, heli-skiing might just be up to scratch. Beyond making your typical action movie stuntman jealous, a helicopter is much quicker alternative to queuing for the chairlift in-between slopes. Not every ski resort allows this, so head to Banff in Alberta and take yourself for a spin.

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Fancy something a bit different? Head to Colorado for a wall or cliff-side covered in shimmering ice. Yes, it’s extremely slippery, but those less-daring shouldn’t worry: visit in January for the Ouray Ice Festival and you can relax with a hot chocolate and watch other thrill-seekers mounting the ice instead.
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We’ve all tried looking cool while walking over fresh snow, only to find that it is much, much deeper than expected. Don’t get stuck this year. Grab yourself a pair of snowshoes and glide with ease over Yosemite National Park.

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The trouble with skis is they only take you downhill. Take a turn for the better, and shuffle your way around the Jotunheimen National Park in Norway, cross-country style. It’ll be the workout of your life, but the views and gliding over the velvety snow is totally worth the pain.

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