Jane Wicker, Veteran Wing Walker, Dies After Plane Crashes During Stunt Flight
Jane Wicker, the veteran wing walker, died on Saturday when her plane crashed at Dayton International Airport during a performance. She was 44. The plane’s pilot, Charlie Schwenker, 64, also perished in the accident.
"It is with sad hearts that we announce that Jane Wicker and Charlie Schwenker were tragically killed while performing at the Vectren Dayton Airshow," according to a post on Jane Wicker's Airshow Facebook page. "We ask for your prayers … and privacy of all involved and allow them time to grieve."
The crash killed both Wicker and Schwenker instantly, according to authorities. After it hit the ground, it exploded into flames. As of yet, the National Transportation Safety Board and FAA haven’t ruled on a cause for the crash; it could take months. The remains of both Wicker and Schwenker will undergo autopsy and toxicology tests before being returned to their families.
Wicker got involved in wing walking after responding to an ad for a position with the Flying Circus Airshow in 1990. She had planned to wed her fiancé, daredevil Rock Skowbo, aboard her stunt plane in 2014. Schwenker was going to be their officiate, reported the New York Daily News.