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Wingwalker dies at Fla. air show
A scary day for spectators at an airshow in Tampa. It was supposed to be a stunt, but turned fatal. A wingwalker died when the plane he was on made a maneuver and his parachute did not work.
"Oh yeah this was not part of the show. It was definitely an accident."
Toby Fallis was a spectator at the Topp of Tampa Air Show and he watched the biplane fly by with two wing walkers getting ready for what appeared to be a stunt. As the plane made a turn.. one of the men was no longer on the
"We saw him fall off the plane, essentially. And as he fell we realized he was too low to parachute. And as he fell behind the woodline we realized he hadn't deployed the parachute so something at that point was seriously
The victim landed in a backyard in the Grand Oaks subdivision on McBrine Court. One neighbor heard a loud crash in the branches behind his house.
"I see the parachute over there. And I get closer and I see the dead body over there. I can only see his hand and his face, you know," said Alfi Acebes.
Witnesses say the plane was flying at a low altitude at the time the wingwalker fell off, giving him little chance of deploying the parachute.
Numerous people in the area near the accident called the sheriff's office to report what happened.