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Published On: Sun, Jun 23rd, 2013

Jane Wicker, Charlie Schwenker dead after plane crash at Ohio air show

(Strange News Examiner) According to a June 22 report from Reuters, and evidenced by the video, the pilot and performer were killed as the vintage plane spun around upside down in front of a crowd of hundreds.

Seasoned stuntwoman Jane Wicker, 44 and her pilot, Charlie Schwenker, 64 were flying a Boeing Stearman around 1 pm Saturday when the crash occurred.

A statement confirming the crash was made on the Jane Wicker Airshows Facebook page announcing their regretful loss.

It is with sad hearts that we announce that Jane Wicker and Charlie Schwenker were tragically killed while performing at the Vectren Dayton Airshow. We ask for your prayers for the families and privacy of all involved and allow them time to grieve and work through these events.

No one else was involved in the accident.

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Wicker and flying partner Charlie have been featured on several magazine covers, and been the subject of many interviews over the years. Their work has been featured in the Atlantic Flyer, The Record, The Weekender and AOPA.

In a blog post on Wicker’s website, the high-flying stuntwoman asks the question: Why do I do this?

She answers her question with the following statement:

There is nothing that feels more exhilarating or freer to me than the wind and sky rushing by me as the earth rolls around my head. My soul is fed by the air and I get a complete sense of fulfillment by not only the experience, but by challenging myself and doing something so uniquely different. I’m alive up there. To soar like a bird and touch the sky puts me in a place where I feel I totally belong.

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