MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) - Investigators from the Ohio State Highway Patrol have wrapped up their report on the air show plane crash that killed wing walker Jane Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker. 2 NEWS Investigates obtained a copy of the two-page report.
The report marked "pilot error" as the cause, however, it is up to the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause after a more thorough investigation.
Sergeant Jeff Kramer from OSHP told 2 NEWS Investigates, "We have the physical evidence. Even if we didn't have the video, the pictures that hundreds of people have submitted we can clearly see where the wing had lost some altitude and struck the ground, the left wing first. We saw a series of rolls where the aircraft struck, roll, struck, rolled. We have that and we can definitely determine that due to the evidence on the ground."
The report reads, "During an inverted maneuver the left wing impacts the ground causing the plane to crash resulting in a post-crash fire. The report also indicates there were no restrictions to visibility.
Kramer explained investigators from OSHP play a support role in the NTSB's investigation. Hours before chief investigator Jason Aquilera arrived at the Dayton International Airport, members of the OSHP were able to take measurements and pictures of the crash scene. Kramer said the NTSB interviewed witnesses.
Still no word when the NTSB's preliminary report on the June 22 crash will be released. Services have been planned for Wicker and Schwenker in Virginia.
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