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Plane Crashes and Explodes in Ohio Air Show, Killing Pilot and Wing Walker (Video)

A stunt plane crashed and burst into flames at an air show in Ohio early Saturday afternoon, reportedly killing the pilot and a wing walker.

The crash did not injure any spectators on the ground at the Vectren Air Show near Dayton, according to the Inquisitr. 

Jane Wicker was scheduled to be the wing walker at the time of the crash, according to USA Today. The pilot flying the plane at the time of the crash was reportedly Charlie Schwenker.

The plane turned upside-down with the wing walker sitting on its wing, and then tilted, went into the ground and exploded, in a video of the flight.

Wicker’s full-time job was as a budget analyst for the Federal Aviation Administration, according to

In an interview with WDTN-TV this week, she described her signature wing-walking move — sitting on the bottom of an upside-down airplane.

"I'm never nervous or scared because I know if I do everything as I usually do, everything's going to be just fine," she said in the interview.

Wicker’s Twitter account shows she was excited for the Dayton Air Show. She said in multiple tweets last week that she was “All set for Dayton,” that the Dayton air show would “be a blast” and that she was in Dayton “ready to rock this town.” 

She wrote on her website that she had gone through many hours of practice and that she had not had any close calls in her experience as a wing walker.

"What you see us do out there is after an enormous amount of practice and fine tuning, not to mention the airplane goes through microscopic care,” Wicker wrote. “It is a managed risk and that is what keeps us alive.”

Sources: Inquisitr, USA Today,, Twitter , The Big Lead


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