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Pilot, stunt walker killed in plane crash at Ohio air show
FOX NEWS ^ | AP via FOX

Posted on 06/22/2013 3:43:51 PM PDT by Doogle

DAYTON, Ohio – A plane carrying a wing walker crashed at an air show and exploded into flames Saturday, killing the pilot and stunt walker instantly, authorities said.

The crash of the 450 HP Stearman happened at around 12:45 p.m. at the Vectren Air Show at Dayton International Airport. No spectators were 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.

Ian Hoyt, an aviation photographer and licensed pilot from Findlay, was at the show with his girlfriend. He told The Associated Press he was taking photos as the plane passed by and had just raised his camera to take another shot.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: airplane; airplanes; airshow; dayton; planes; stunt; wingwalking
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1 posted on 06/22/2013 3:43:51 PM PDT by Doogle
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To: Doogle

Maybe, but it could also have been a broken control.


2 posted on 06/22/2013 3:45:42 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Doogle

3 posted on 06/22/2013 3:46:04 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

R.I.P.

Some of these sports can be pretty daring. It raises philosophical questions of why man does what he does. Ultimately it traces to spirituality. Psychology can only tell us how, spirituality tells us why.


4 posted on 06/22/2013 3:46:18 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Chode

ping


5 posted on 06/22/2013 3:47:17 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: gorush

Looks to me like he was having trouble and tried to roll out of the inverted position but didnt have enough altitude.


6 posted on 06/22/2013 3:49:22 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Doogle

Very sad .... RIP


7 posted on 06/22/2013 3:51:05 PM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: driftdiver

I’m sure they had done this numerous times before. It seems that trouble would be met with more power at that point, we may never know.


8 posted on 06/22/2013 3:51:41 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Doogle
Almost 21,000 hours in all types and I never entertained the idea of walking out onto the wing especially while inverted!

The stunt is entertaining but allows no room for error. The pilot and his wing walker died doing what they loved to do. May they rest in peace.

9 posted on 06/22/2013 3:53:02 PM PDT by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: Doogle

damn shame... VERY pretty girl RIP


10 posted on 06/22/2013 3:55:55 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

She had two sons too.


11 posted on 06/22/2013 3:58:27 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Doogle

You can tempt fate all you like, but in the end everyone obeys the laws of physics. Perhaps someone can explain why a rational person would participate in such stunts. Truly brave people simply do not behave that way.


12 posted on 06/22/2013 4:00:16 PM PDT by allendale
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To: Doogle

Turns out the her ex-husband was the pilot and she was enganged to “Rock” her mechanic. All theories aside, their children lost both parents.


13 posted on 06/22/2013 4:02:45 PM PDT by j_guru
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To: vladimir998

even worse


14 posted on 06/22/2013 4:03:48 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Doogle

Oh, how sad! A wing-walker whom we had seen perform here died a couple of years ago, after being burned when the plane’s engine caught fire. What an incredibly dangerous occupation!

As someone said below, we can only guess why people do this.


15 posted on 06/22/2013 4:07:36 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("The world understands that Putin means it and Obama doesn't." ~Mark Steyn)
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To: Doogle

Couldn’t pay me to watch such an idiotic thing.


16 posted on 06/22/2013 4:12:32 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: All

so sad,,, we were at this same airshow last year...


17 posted on 06/22/2013 4:14:13 PM PDT by CharlotteVRWC
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To: Doogle

Just got back from an air show.

I must admit, some of the stunts are nuts.


18 posted on 06/22/2013 4:17:35 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Doogle

Damn shame.
The Dayton airshow is a goody.


19 posted on 06/22/2013 4:20:40 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Doogle

RIP daring souls..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zup0DU8_AJQ


20 posted on 06/22/2013 4:26:35 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Doogle
Pittsburgh Air Show Crash
Published: August 05, 1996

A stunt pilot in an air show over downtown Pittsburgh lost control of his biplane and plunged into the Ohio River as thousands of people watched today.

The pilot, Clarence Speal, was flying a loop when both wings on the left side of his plane folded back.

Mr. Speal's wife, Audrey, was announcing his stunts over a loudspeaker at the show when he crashed. Witnesses said she had abruptly stopped talking as he fell out of the sky and begun crying.

Nightfall forced rescue workers to call off the search. The Coast Guard and city River Rescue personnel plan to resume on the search on Monday with sonar to pinpoint the wreckage.

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My kids had Clancy's signed pics in their bedrooms.

We were nearby when it happened. Heard the sound of the wings snap.

Was working in news and did the story.

When the wreck was pulled from the Ohio River there was a tarp over the cockpit. Even so some of us in the news were able to see it.

Not something you want to see. Amazing how fragile a human body is and how it is destroyed on impact with water.

21 posted on 06/22/2013 4:29:46 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Tea Party, Constitution, patriot, DOMA, NRA, pro-life...can you hear me now big ears?)
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To: Doogle

There seemed to be a control problem as they never got completely inverted. It looks like when the pilot realized they would hit the crowd he rolled back the other way as to avoid a larger disaster. God bless them.


22 posted on 06/22/2013 4:39:25 PM PDT by dis.kevin (Dry white toast)
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To: Doogle

Stall with 125 lbs out on your wingtip .


23 posted on 06/22/2013 4:44:34 PM PDT by pterional
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To: Doogle

Too slow, too low....


24 posted on 06/22/2013 4:51:30 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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http://wcfcourier.com/entertainment/airshow/stunt-pilot-flies-again-after-crash-killed-wife/article_e826c245-84cb-5da9-a5ad-e283a565c021.html

This one sucked. Glad Kyle isn’t wasting away


25 posted on 06/22/2013 4:51:59 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Doogle

‘...Flying Circus Airshow in Bealeton, Va...”

I went there a couple years ago. Bet it was her doing the stunts.


26 posted on 06/22/2013 4:52:17 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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Fly You Bastard! Fly!
27 posted on 06/22/2013 4:57:02 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

This was the act we had seen. The poor young lady!


28 posted on 06/22/2013 5:05:40 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("The world understands that Putin means it and Obama doesn't." ~Mark Steyn)
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To: Doogle

RIP.


29 posted on 06/22/2013 5:13:40 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Tax-chick

Amanda was a lovely young lady.

She sustained major back injury’s on impact but was still alive.
Kyle was ****ed up too.

I suspect the wings went up like gossamer and she was toasted.
Kyle was badly burned.

Tragic


30 posted on 06/22/2013 5:14:54 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: j_guru

i feel awful... i shared this news with my nephew who was a US Army Golden Knight, and who has done many airshows... he knew Jane and her husband... it did not occur to me that he would know them personally... i said the wing walker was female... he said, “not Jane Wicker?” i told him the pilot was her ex-husband... the pain on his face was immediate...


31 posted on 06/22/2013 5:30:44 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Doogle

How terrible. Just so sad and horrific.

My prayers to their families and their friends.


32 posted on 06/22/2013 5:53:54 PM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: vladimir998

“She had two sons too.”

It’s a free country, but I gave up a few things when my kids were born, so that they were more likely to have a dad, at least until they grew up...


33 posted on 06/22/2013 6:02:25 PM PDT by BobL (To us it's a game, to them it's personal - therefore they win.)
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To: BobL

I understand. My dad gave up hunting because he wanted to be there for his kids and didn’t trust other hunters to not kill him by accident!!!


34 posted on 06/22/2013 6:06:14 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Doogle

News flash. Idiot does stupid thing and dies.


35 posted on 06/22/2013 6:15:56 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: mylife
I LOVED that clip.

I'm a wannabe, and I got too old before I followed through .. I'll hate myself forever, but GOD .. that looked like fun !

36 posted on 06/22/2013 6:26:19 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof, but they're true.)
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To: vladimir998

Exactly. God willing, there will be time to go back and do the risky activities that you enjoy (providing you don’t wait until you’re in your 40s or 50s to have kids).

Of course you want to be there for your kids as long as possible, but if you get them through college, they should be able survive without you. But then again, is bungee jumping, or BASE diving, all that important, when grandchildren may be coming into the picture soon?


37 posted on 06/22/2013 6:41:20 PM PDT by BobL (To us it's a game, to them it's personal - therefore they win.)
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To: Doogle

I was at the show today.

What you can’t see in the video is the plane was pointed right at the crowd before it dove into the ground. I remember seeing the round engine cowling as a circle, which means the plane was headed for the Pavilion area. I can’t prove it, but it looked to me like the pilot dove it into the grass to avoid the crowd.


38 posted on 06/22/2013 8:02:17 PM PDT by Haiku Guy (Gun Control Haiku: Say "Registration" / And they call you paranoid / So say "Privacy")
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To: Doogle

Correction: she usually performed with her ex-husband as the pilot but for the show here in Dayton he was not.


39 posted on 06/22/2013 8:10:32 PM PDT by j_guru
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What do you get when you take any airplane and more than double the horsepower? For one thing you get much bigger grins every time you move the throttle forward for takeoff. The 450 Stearman, the so-called “Super Stearman,” is a classic case in point.

Originally born with a puny 220 hp, W-670 Continental radial in the nose, when the airplane is given a noseectomy and an R-985 Pratt and Whitney with 450 fire-breathing horses is grafted on, the airplane develops an entirely different personality. What had been a leisurely school marm intent on teaching a military cadet the very basics of aviating, becomes a belligerent show-off eager to demonstrate what it can do.

The 450 Stearman HAD to happen. Right after World War Two, there were literally thousands of both Stearmans and BT-13 Vultee trainers sitting around for bargain basement prices. The Stearmans were ideal for crop dusting, although underpowered, but the Vultees were not good for much of anything. The BT-13’s did, however, have a 450 hp P & W and prop up front that were worth the entire price of the airplane (generally about $400). The conclusion was obvious, so ag-operators snatched many of the old BT’s up, the engines were yanked off and the carcasses pushed off to the side and ignored. For years, cannibalized BT-13’s littered grassroots airports nationwide.

The airshow guys were right on the heels of the dusters but they went the ag-operators one better: they wanted to improve the airplane’s roll performance as well as its ability to climb, so an extra set of ailerons were installed on the top wings and slaved to the bottom ones. Now, the old airplane could not only leap off the ground and had a modicum of vertical performance, but it could actually roll with the best of them. Sort of, anyway.

The stodgy old school teacher had been turned into a rock ‘n rollin’ circus performer.

From a pilot’s point of view, you have to have flown a stock Stearman to appreciate the dramatic improvements airshow types have made to the airplane. Flying aerobatics in a stock Stearman is a continuous, irritating cycle—nose down, down, down, wait, wait, now pull. Do one maneuver, then climb, climb climb to replace the altitude lost.

Where an original 220 hp Stearman spends a lot more time diving to gain energy and then climbing for altitude than it does doing aerobatics, the 450 hp bird has almost all the energy it needs bolted to its nose. It needs only a gentle nod down before it’s ready to be pulled up into whatever maneuver the pilot desires.

The extra ailerons do wonders for the airplane in rolls. Not only are the forces lighter (a stock Stearman is a “manly” airplane), but the roll rate is such that, although it’s not a Pitts or Extra, it lets the acrobat do point rolls or anything else around the longitudinal axis with no danger of separating a rotator cup.


40 posted on 06/22/2013 9:59:12 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Haiku Guy
Oh, how I wished I hadn't watched that video!

Terrible.

41 posted on 06/22/2013 11:21:44 PM PDT by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: Haiku Guy

I would not be surprised to find out the pilot sacrificed himself and his passenger to save the people in the crowd.


42 posted on 06/22/2013 11:26:39 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: prisoner6

I bet that picture didn’t leave your mind for a long while.


43 posted on 06/22/2013 11:32:07 PM PDT by caww
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To: ADemocratNoMore; Akron Al; arbee4bush; agrace; ATOMIC_PUNK; Badeye; Bikers4Bush; BlindedByTruth; ...

Pinging the list (as a FYI)..


44 posted on 06/23/2013 5:40:35 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
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To: Doogle

She had a nice Federale job at the FAA which people would kill for. She had two sons. She had no reason to be out wing walking....probably an adrenaline junkie and loved the adulation


45 posted on 06/23/2013 6:46:20 AM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: Haiku Guy
I was at the show today.

I live right on the outskirts of the airport. News of this accident spread across the area very quickly. I personally know many people who were in attendance, even a few who taxied the plane out to the runway. Everyone is still a bit shocked at what happened. Prayers going out to the families and RIP to Jane and Charlie.
46 posted on 06/24/2013 8:04:51 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: Doogle
They showed the crash on prime time TV news.
It used to be they would not show real deaths on TV. When did that change?

47 posted on 06/24/2013 8:23:42 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: vladimir998

The wingwalker that fell a couple of years ago had kids, too. It’s appalling that a person with kids would take these kinds of chances. If you don’t give a crap about yourself, you should at least think about them.


48 posted on 06/26/2013 4:25:59 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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