Dayton Air Show: Two previous crashes

An F-16 Thunderbird jet skidded off the runway and flipped on its top during the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show on Friday at the Dayton International Airport.

The Vectren Dayton Air Show brings aviation enthusiasts from around the area to enjoy the spectacle of flight.  Unfortunately, plane crashes have occurred during its history with two being fatal.

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2013 Crash - 2 killed

A stunt pilot and a wing-walking performer were killed in a fiery crash at the Vectren Dayton Air Show Saturday.  

The pair was identified as Jane Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker.  

Wicker was wing walking at the time of the crash, sitting on the underside of the inverted 450 HP Stearman named “Aurora”.   

The plane did a cartwheel and burst into flames as it hit the ground. A fire truck was at the crash within two minutes and extinguished the flames.

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2007 Crash - 1 killed

Aerobatic pilot Jim LeRoy failed to maintain clearance from the ground during an acrobatics routine and crashed his 400-horsepower, single-seat biplane, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.  

The safety board found that “smoke oil” present in the air where the performers were flying also contributed to the crash.  

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LeRoy’s yellow Bulldog Pitts continued from a spiral spin into the ground, slid 300 feet and burst into flames. LeRoy was part of a two-plane aerobatics team known as Codename: Mary’s Lamb.

LeRoy was killed on impact.


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