NTSB Investigating Fatal Air Show Crash

Jun 24, 2013

Although a Virginia woman became the third wing walker to die in two years when a fiery crash killed her and a pilot at an Ohio air show, those in the business insist such fatal accidents are rare.

Forty-four-year-old wing walker Jane Wicker and 64-year-old pilot Charlie Schwenker died Saturday in a crash witnessed by thousands of spectators at the Vectren Air Show near Dayton.  John Cudahy, president of the International Council of Air Shows, says from 1975 to 2010 just two wing walkers in the U.S. were killed. However since 2011, three wing walkers have died, including Wicker. Cudahy says the spike appears to be a coincidence and that the business is "not quite as dangerous" as it seems. The cause of Saturday's crash remains unclear, and an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board could take months to complete.