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Airshow Crash Investigator Heads Back to NTSB Headquarters
DAYTON -- The National Transportation Safety Board investigator that completed his on-site investigation is heading back to headquarters, where officials say the real work will begin.
The coroner's office says the official cause of death for Jane Wicker and Charlie Schwenker is multiple trauma resulting from the crash.
The victims' background checks were released today, revealing both the wing walker and the pilot had clean safety records. Neither had ever been involved in an accident or been disciplined in the past.
Airshow officials tell us the investigator conducted interviews with each member of the ground crew and all FAA monitors working during the crash.
The investigator also spent a full day inside the hanger examining the wreckage.
FAA officials have been collecting as much video of the crash as possible from both spectators the the media.
Now that the investigation has concluded in Dayton, a team will be working on determining possible causes.
According to air show officials, the NTSB is under no time constraints to complete this investigation, wanting to ensure it is done right and thoroughly. They still estimate it will be at least six months before the official cause is determined.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- FAA records show that a wing walker and aerobatic pilot killed in a fiery crash at an Ohio air show over the weekend had clean safety records.
An agency spokesman told The Associated Press on Monday that neither wing walker Jane Wicker nor pilot Charlie Schwenker had accidents in the past or were disciplined for any reason.
The information was the result of a public-records request.
Wicker and Schwenker were killed Saturday in a crash captured on video and witnessed by thousands of horrified spectators at the Vectren Air Show near Dayton.
The cause of the crash is not yet known.
The 44-year-old Wicker was the mother of two teenage sons and was engaged to be married next year atop an airplane.
Schwenker was 64 and about to celebrate his nine-year wedding anniversary.
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