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Spirit Airlines flight to Dallas nearly strikes skydiving plane

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The FAA is investigating how a passenger jet headed for Dallas nearly collided with a skydiving plane.

The Spirit Airlines flight was in the air over Michigan en route to DFW Airport when it was forced to nose dive to avoid striking a skydiving plane.

The two planes came within a mile and a half of each other.

Controllers told the Spirit pilot about the nearby plane and an automated warning was triggered, forcing the pilot to drop 1,600 feet.

"I remember I was going for my seatbelt. I was getting ready and I didn't care at this point," said passenger Janet Dunnabeck of Whitney. "I thought we were going down. I really did."

Dunnabeck said the pilot explained afterward what happened and why the plane dived.

Spirit says the pilots followed appropriate procedures.

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