Skip to comments.Plane Crash Cancels Dayton Airshow (Biplane with wing walker)
Posted on 06/22/2013 11:05:20 AM PDT by Buck-I-Guy
The Vectren Dayton Air Show has been cancelled for the day in the aftermath of a fiery crash.
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All of a sudden I heard screaming and looked up and there was a fire ball, said Stan Thayer of Wilmington.
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, he said. I saw it just go right into the ground and explode.
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Fatalities have been confirmed.
Looks like a wind gust or ineffective aileron deflection failed to compensate for her weight and get the wings level for the inverted pass. Not enough altitude to correct so all lift was lost and it nosed in left wing first. Very sad and tragic.
One of the reasons I never go to airshows, even though there are many here in Florida. I really don’t want to see anything like this (although I realize there are others who are hoping it will happen).
It almost seems like it’s not a matter of “if” these air show participants will die in a crash, just a matter of when.
You know,it might seem beyond the pale, but some of us go just because we love seeing airplanes and pilots strutting their stuff.
Same here. Furthermore I do not want to end up being in the wrong place at the wrong time and becoming part of the accident.
If I do watch them on TV it's to be amazed at how good the pilots are and not to witness something going wrong (unless it can be corrected by the pilot before something bad happens).
About 1980 I was building a fence for a camp right behind an elderly woman’s house who invited me inside for a cold drink and AC as it was a blistering hot summer day.
There were photos on the wall of her as a young woman in the late 1920’s wing walking on biplanes, walking around the edge of the empire state building and on the top of bridges over the Hudson.
She delighted in describing each photo and the people in them. Must have stayed 2 hours listening to her.
That lady has forgotten more nerve than I have ever had. I learned to fly, soloed a few times and loved it..and love to go up in small planes. But I have never desired to try wingwalking. Those ladies were fearless. Yours must have been a great conversation with her. Wow.
Oh, how tragic. I am not going to speculate on the causes, just mourn the loss of two fine aviators and entertainers. Prayers to Dayton. :-(
Looks like the engine threw a rod, engine lost power.. Pilot tried to ‘right the ship’ but didn’t have the altitude to do so. Would’ve crashed regardless due to engine seizure.
It did puff smoke when he rolled and started down. If he had been able to right the ship, she would have been hanging underneath. Either way, somebody was gonna get hurt.
There are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old bold pilots! : (