Tragedy at Dayton Air Show as Wing walker’s plane crashes – CBS News


Pictured at the Cleveland National Airshow last year. RIP Jane Wicker and Charles Schwenker…you thrilled millions. Photo: Dave Reed – OPShots Contributor //

A plane carrying a wing walker crashed at an air show and exploded into flames Saturday, killing the pilot and stunt walker, authorities said.The crash of the 450 HP Stearman happened at around 12:45 p.m. at the Vectren Air Show near Dayton in front of thousands of horrified spectators. No one else was hurt.Play VideoDeadly air show crash caught on tapeA video from CBS Dayton affiliate WHIO-TV shows the plane turn upside-down as the performer sits on top of the wing. The plane then tilts and crashes to the ground, exploding into flames as spectators screamed.”All of a sudden I heard screaming and looked up and there was a fireball,” Stan Thayer of Wilmington, Ohio, told WHIO-TV.Shawn Warwick of New Knoxville said he was watching the plane through binoculars.”I noticed it was upside-down really close to the ground; she was sitting on the bottom of the plane,” Warwick told WHIO-TV. “I saw it just go right into the ground and explode.”

via Wing walker’s plane crashes at Dayton Air Show – CBS News.

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