NTSB Begins Dayton Plane Crash Investigation (VIDEO)

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin

June 22, 2013 Updated Jun 23, 2013 at 9:15 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (www.incnow.tv) – Two people were killed when a stunt plane crashed during the Dayton Air Show.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) began its investigation into Saturday's air show crash in Dayton.

The pilot and a stunt performer were killed when their bi-plane slammed into the runway and burst into flames.

NTSB officials say they'll look at several factors to determine the cause of the accident.

“Whether it was the winds, whether it was the temperature, we'll take a look at the weather that was prevailing. And then we'll also take a look at the environment that he was operating in. You know, was he within the safety constraints, did the maneuver, was it entered properly. And was it executed properly,” said Jason Aguilera, NTSB Air Safety Investigator.

The Dayton Air Show did continue Sunday. The crowd observed a moment of silence to honor pilot Charlie Schwenker and stunt walker Jane Wicker.

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A stunt plane carrying a wing walker crashed at an air show in Dayton, Ohio Saturday killing the pilot and the wing walker, and it was all caught on tape.

Authorities say wing walker Jane Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker were killed in the crash.

The stunt plane was passing in front of the crowd when it turned upside down, and then crashed into the ground bursting into flames.

At a news conference held shortly after the crash, investigators say they rushed to help Schwenker and Wicker, but there was nothing they could do.

Although the show was canceled for the remainder of the day, Dayton Air Show officials say it will go on Sunday because it's an air show tradition. However they say they’re still devastated.

"This is a tragedy for what is a very small community. And obviously our thoughts and prayers go out to those two individuals and their families,” said Terrence Slaybaugh, Dayton Director of Aviation.

Officials suspect the plane stalled when it flew too low to the ground and didn’t have enough air speed to gain momentum. However, there is no word yet on what exactly caused the plane to go down.




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