DAN SEWELL, Associated Press, By DAN SEWELL and ASHLEY THOMAS, Associated Press
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.
A video posted on 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, erupting into flames as spectators screamed.
"Then I realized they were too low and too slow. And before I knew it, they hit the ground," he said.
He couldn't tell exactly what happened, but it appeared that the plane stalled and didn't have enough air speed, he said. He credited the pilot for steering clear of spectators and potentially saving lives.
On the video, the announcer narrates as the plane glides through the sky and rolls over while the stuntwoman perches on a wing.
Federal records show that biplane was registered to Wicker, who lived in Loudon, Va. A man who answered the phone at a number listed for Wicker on her website said he had no comment and hung up.
A message left at a phone listing for Charles Schwenker in Oakton, Va., wasn't immediately returned.
air show also declined to release their identities.
The show was canceled for the rest of the day, but organizers said events would resume Sunday and follow the previous schedule and normal operations. The National Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating the crash.
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Wing-walker-pilot-die-in-crash-at-Ohio-air-show-4616320.php
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