|Published:||Jun 23, 2013 5:05 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 23, 2013 8:22 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Planes were back in the air in Dayton, Ohio Sunday, a day after a fiery plane crash killed wing walker Jane Wicker and her pilot Charlie Schwenker. Wicker brought her act to the Florida International Airshow in March.
"She was a special person, she really was. She always would stop and sign an autograph, always would stop and take a picture with somebody and she always had time to speak with somebody," said friend and stunt pilot Steve Gustafson.
Gustafson was at the Vectren Airshow and heard the plane crash.
"We were in some tents talking to sponsors and they were flying but I wasn't watching them perform. But then I heard it and turned and there it was," Gustafson said.
He remembers Jane for her daring stunts and freedom of spirit.
"Riding on top of the wing of an airplane, not anything that I would want to do. That's just the way she was, she enjoyed that type of lifestyle," he said.
Sunday morning, the airshow observed a moment of silence for Wicker and Schwenker.
"It's just a tragic deal. My feeling of the whole thing was a sickening feeling, feeling for the pilot and her and there families," he said.
Officials at the show say the impact of the crash killed jane and her pilot instantly, but Gustafson says the impact of their deaths will last far longer.
"She's gonna be missed. She was a great person to know. She was one of those people when you met her, you didn't forget her," he said.
The cause of the crash is still unclear and investigation by the National Transportation Safety bBard is open and ongoing.
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