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In the latest in a quick succession of air show tragedies, a wing walker at an air show near Detroit fell to his death Sunday.
In the latest in a quick succession of air show tragedies in the U.S. and U.K., a wing walker at an air show near Detroit fell to his death Sunday.
The death of Todd Green — as he tried to transfer from an aircraft to a helicopter and plunged about 200 feet to the ground, the AP reports — comes a day after an aerobatic flyer crashed and died at a Kansas City, Missouri, air show and a British Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" pilot crashed and died at an air festival in England.
(GlobalPost reports: Widow of Red Arrows pilot killed in crash speaks out)
Green, married with a son, had attempted the same stunt on Saturday, trying five times to grab on to the helicopter's skid, officials said.
Organizers of the Selfridge Air Show said he was taken by ambulance to Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center after his fall Sunday, but pronounced dead upon arrival, the Detroit News reports. The paper added that:
Suzanne Thomas Sanders of Clinton Township was about 100 feet away from the accident and described it as "surreal" on the air show's Facebook page.
"We didn't realize that it was an accident at first," Sanders said on Facebook. "I am hoping that he survived it, but from the height and speed it looked terrible. Prayers to him and his whole family. Such a terrible tragedy."
The Selfridge Air Show was held on Saturday and Sunday at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township, Michigan.
Meantime, the pilot who died when the biplane he was flying crashed at the Kansas City Air Show on Saturday has been described as a "veteran" aerobatic pilot.
Bryan Jensen flew at air shows and similar events across the country with his company, Beast Air Shows, ABC reports.
KMBC, which has a link to graphic footage of the crash from a spactator's camera, quoted witness Dan Duffy as saying:
"The biplane was doing a bunch of aerobatic moves and then it came down, and it was trying to recover from a downward spiral.
"When it went to turn, it almost sounded like there was a pop and it went straight down to the ground and caught on fire."
The Kansas air show, like the Bournemouth air show in England, reopened Sunday.