Wing Walker Killed In Crash Was To Perform At Fair St. Louis
(KTVI)-A veteran wing walker and her pilot were killed when their stunt plane crashed into a just before 1:00pm Saturday at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. The aircraft, a 450 HP Stearman, crashed and exploded in a grassy area between two runways.
Video showed the plane in flames after it hit the ground. Horrified spectators looked on, but no one else was injured.
In a statement on its website, the Vectren Dayton Air Show expressed its condolences to the families of wingwalker Jane Wicker, 44, and pilot, Charlie Schwenker, 64. It goes on to say that the FAA and other agencies are currently investigating the accident.
Wicker was scheduled to participate in the upcoming Fair St. Louis Airshow Fourth of July weekend. She posted the news on Twitter back on June 6, 2013.
Remaining Dayton air show performances Saturday were canceled. The show will resume on Sunday.
A Facebook page devoted to Wicker responded to the death.
" It is with sad hearts that we announce that Jane Wicker and Charlie Schwenker were tragically killed while performing at the Vectren Dayton Airshow. We ask for your prayers for the families and privacy of all involved and allow them time to grieve and work through these events."