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CINCINNATI (AP) — A budget analyst with a daredevil streak, Jane Wicker knew she was taking a risk when she signed up to entertain thousands of spectators at the Vectren Air Show near Dayton.
She said in a TV interview she felt confident of her ability and said on her website that lots of practice makes her signature stunt a “managed risk.” She planned to hang underneath the plane’s wing by her feet and sit on the bottom of the airplane while it was upside-down.
It wasn’t clear Saturday what went so wrong. The biplane glided through the sky, rolled over, then crashed and exploded into flames, killing the wing walker and the pilot, authorities said. No one else was hurt.
A video posted on WHIO-TV shows the small 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.