NTSB: Wing Walker Tried Transfer Too Soon

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Statements to the National Transportation Safety Board say a Michigan wing walker who fell to his death while performing an aerial stunt during a show last month may have tried to transfer from a plane to a helicopter too soon.

Summaries of the accounts of both pilots in the Aug. 21 stunt are included in a preliminary report from the agency. They said Todd Green planned to make the transfer on the third pass, but let go of the plane earlier than expected.

The NTSB notes to The Detroit News that the preliminary report doesn't say why the accident happened.

Green tried to grab the helicopter's skid from his perch atop a small plane over Harrison Township, about 20 miles northeast of Detroit. Scores saw him fall about 150 feet.

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