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Stearman Aircraft Crashes At Dayton Air Show Killing Pilot And Wing Walker
By Shane Nolan

June 22, 2013 - The 2013 Vectren Dayton Air Show presented by Kroger was cancelled today after a stunt went very wrong. Horrified onlookers watched in disbelief as a stunt plane, performing barnstorming tricks crashed killing the pilot, Charlie Schwenker and a wing walker, Jane Wicker.  

Wicker, a wing walker was sitting on the wing of a Stearman 450 HP airplane, the aircraft was flying inverted and extremely close to the ground when it suddenly crashed into the ground around 12:45 PM. Both Wicker and Schwenker were killed upon impact, the aircraft burst into flames.

Event organizers reported the accident was isolated and no other injuries were reported. The FAA and other officials are on site investigating the incident. The air show which began at 9 AM and was to end at 6 PM. However, officials announced that the Saturday flying show has been cancelled and normal operations will resume on Sunday.

The Vectren Dayton Air Show is an annual event held at the Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Ohio, eight miles north of Dayton, Ohio. The history of flight exhibition dates back to 1910 and the Wright Company. Dayton is the hometown of the Wright Brothers and is where Orville and Wilbur built their first powered plane. The show's main sponsor is Vectren and it is considered to be one of the country’s premier aviation events. 

Vectren Corporation is a Fortune 1000 energy holding company headquartered in Evansville, Indiana. Through its utility subsidiaries (Indiana Gas Company, Southern Indiana Gas and Electric, and Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio), the company distributes natural gas to approximately one million business and residential customers in Indiana and Ohio. It also distributes electricity to 141,000 customers and has 1,425 MW of primarily coal-fired generating capacity in Indiana.


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