An Ohio air show resumed this morning after a fatal crash.
Pilot Charlie Schwenker and veteran stuntwoman Jane Wicker were killed on Saturday when their plane crashed in front of thousands of spectators. The Ohio Air Show was cancelled for the remainder of the day but resumed this morning after a moment of silence to honor the fallen aviators.
John King, president of the Flying Circus Airshow, said: “As a pilot, you accept the fact that accidents do happen — it’s an accepted risk we take … They were both dedicated to flying and the act. They were true, ultimate professionals. I don’t know of anyone who could have done any better than what they were doing.”
Air show general manager Brenda Kerfoot said that she was hesitant to resume the air show on Sunday. Kerfoot said that she talked to Schwenker and Wicker’s family members and decided that the two aviators would have wanted the show to go on.
Kerfoot said: “This is what Jane and Charlie would have wanted. They want you to have a safe show and go out there and do what you do best.”‘
The cause of the crash is unknown at this time but it is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Wicker, 44, became a wingwalker in 1990 because she thought that it would be fun. A message on her site reads: “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 … 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. It’s the only thing I’ve done that I’ve never questioned, never hesitated about and always felt was my destiny.”