Jane “Wing Walker” Wicker, the stuntwoman who died during an air show Saturday when her plane crashed at the Vectren Dayton Air Show in Dayton, Ohio, was reportedly set to marry her fiancé and fellow wing walker, Rock Skowbo.
Wicker, 44, was performing her routine on the wing of the 450 HP Stearman when it turned upside-down and crashed into the ground at Dayton International Airport. The crash also killed the pilot, 64-year-old Charlie Schwenker.
According to an announcement on Wicker’s website, she and Skowbo had planned to marry in an airborne ceremony while standing on the wing of the same biplane that crashed during the Vectren Air Show. Schwenker was going to fly the plane while simultaneously serving as minister.
Wicker and Skowbo, who met in 2010, were reportedly looking for a sponsor to help fund the ceremony, which was to be performed in front of an audience.
Wicker, a Federal Aviation Administration budget analyst who moonlighted as a wing-walker, was a well-known performer on the air-show circuit and one of the nation's few female wing walkers. Skowbo is a United Airlines pilot with over 20,000 flight hours. According to Wicker’s website, his flying experience includes but is not limited to Boeing 767s, J3 Cubs and Cessna 310s.
While the FAA’s preliminary findings about the crash are expected to come out later this week, the National Transportation and Safety Board, which has launched its own investigation, says it might take months to know whether the pilot or a mechanical problem caused the crash. "We're not going to have any kind of determinations of findings or probable cause at this point," NTSB investigator Jason Aguilera told reporters. The bodies of Wicker and Schwenker are set to be released to their respective families after autopsies and toxicology tests.
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