Wing Walker, Pilot Killed in Air Show Plane Crash
It goes down near Dayton
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2013 1:12 PM CDT
Updated Jun 22, 2013 2:24 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A wing walker and pilot were killed today in a fiery plane crash at an air show near Dayton, Ohio, the AP reports. They were identified as stunt woman Jane Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker, according to the Dayton Daily News. "My understanding is there was nothing [emergency responders] could do for the victims of the crash," says a police official, as per WHIO TV. The Vectren Air Show was canceled for the rest of the day, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

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Jun 23, 2013 7:51 AM CDT
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Jun 23, 2013 6:07 AM CDT
If it was the pilot's intent to roll inverted, he needed to establish a nose up attitude by applying down elevator control pressure on the stick while inverted. This would allow the airplane to establish a positive rate of climb and would allow it to retain sufficient ground clearance for the left roll back to upright. He never established that critical attitude. This is even more important with the asymmetrical wing loading caused by the wing walker out on the left wing. As they say, "When inverted, down is up and up is expensive." (and in this case tragic.)
Jun 23, 2013 4:32 AM CDT
After I flew solo I was practicing take offs & landings when one day during a landing when I "flared out" to bring the aircraft onto the runway I was hit by a strong side gust of wind, much as happens when driving a car and a gust of wind comes out of nowhere- Because I drive a car, my reaction to the gust was totally incorrect for flying an airplane- I turned the steering wheel abruptly INTO the wind, thereby stalling out the wing opposite to the wind gust- result was my wing went into the ditch at speed and luckily there were tall reeds for a wing to "FLY" in, long enuff for me to HIT the power and pull the wing out of the ditch- I parked it and bought a Harley- much safer, I'm on my 10th Harley now, a 2003 Deuce Screamin' Eagle Watching the last seconds of the plane flight, when he had rolled on his back it appears to me a gust of wind caused the aircraft to counter roll back to the vertical. When wings are vertical, there's NO LIFT to keep plane in the air- Too close to the ground (where wind gusts occur) so the plane knifed into the ground, wings edge on