WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The National Safety and Transportation Board has launched its investigation into a Dayton Air Show performance that left a wing walker and her pilot dead Saturday.
Officials said the investigation could take up to one year to complete; however, a preliminary report is expected at the end of the week.
A local former professional pilot is one of countless people who watched the tragedy unfold on video. Darrell Montgomery of West Carrollton was a former professional air show pilot for decades.
"I did the wing walking act with Jim Dorsey for 19 years," said Montgomery. "It appears several factors created the perfect storm, so to speak."
Montgomery has 42 years of flying experience, atleast three decades of which he dedicated to stunt flying.
He and his wing walker, Jim Dorsey, performed numerous times at Dayton's Air Show.
"I've been flying all my life," said Montgomery. "I can see exactly what caused him to crash."
Montgomery believes a disruption in air flow caused the plane to stall.
"I think he (Charlie Schwenker) could feel the burble or the stall coming on," said Montgomery. "It appears he tried to roll the airplane the other way, but it rolled in her direction (Jane Wicker's) because the weight was there. The weight pulled him down without enough air speed and aptitude.
Montgomery believes the humidity in the air was also against him.
The plane nose dived in a fiery crash, killing Schwenker and wing walker Jane Wicker.
Montgomery said its hard to say if this tragedy was necessarily preventable.
"There is a certain amount of risk involved," said Montgomery. "Its a tragedy. My deepest sympathies to the victims and their families."
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