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Virginia woman killed in Ohio air show crash

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Hundreds of people watched in horror as a plane flown by pilot Charlie Schwenker crashed to the ground during the Dayton Air Show Saturday afternoon.

Also killed was veteran wing-walker Jane Wicker, of Loudoun County, Virginia.

Investigators are looking into what caused the plane carrying Wicker and the pilot to crash.

"Obviously this is a tragedy for a very small community and you know obviously our thoughts and prayers go out to those two individuals and their families," said Terry Slaybough, the Director of Aviation for the City of Dayton.

A statement posted on the Facebook page for "The Jane Wicker Airshows" acknowledges today's tragedy.

Her profile talks about her love of wing-walking, a passion that grew after she responded to an ad with the flying circus more than 20 years ago.

Wicker spoke with a Dayton television station about her stunts on Friday.

"I actually start off in the cockpit and I walk along the wing of an airplane, no safety line, no tether, no harness, no parachute, and I actually walk on the wing," said Wicker.

The plane was registered to Wicker. She worked for the FAA as a budget analyst.

The air show canceled the rest of today's events, but plans to resume tomorrow.

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