Safety Changes at the Dayton Airshow

Pontiac2013WM_5Small-XLAfter the tragic crash last year at the Vectren Dayton Airshow in Dayton, OH that took the life of wingwalker Jane Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker, the airshow has announced new safety changes for this year’s event. A third fire truck will be added to the line to try and ease the concerns of spectators and performers, reports the Daytona Daily News. 

This third fire truck, known as a “mini-pumper” will be positioned at show center to ease concerns that some performers had after a long response time after a crash at the Travis Air Force Base airshow earlier this year, said Bruce Bales, fire and rescue chief at Dayton International Airport. Two smaller crash trucks, equipped with water and extinguishing foam will also be on site. The additional truck will add 6 firefighters to the show.

With the Blue Angels on site, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base firefighters will also be on site in their vehicles and a supervisor. Personnel from Wright-Patterson are on site whenever a military jet team performs in Dayton.

-Ricky Matthews

Information for this blog post was taken from a Dayton Daily News article published on June 2oth

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