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HARRISON TWP. , Mich. -- A stunt wing walker fell to his death Sunday while attempting to cross from a bi-plane to a helicopter during the Selfridge Air Show.
Wing walker Todd Green fell off the plane as he attempted to transfer from his aircraft to a helicopter, at approximately 1:30 p.m., according to a news release issued by the 127th Wing Public Affairs unit at the air base.
He fell about 200 feet to the ground and bounced several times.
A number of medical personnel from Selfridge Air National Guard Base and Medstar Ambulance rushed to Green as thousands of stunned spectators sat in silence, some praying. After treating Green on the ground for about 15 minutes, rescue personnel transported him to Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center.
Green was pronounced dead at the hospital, said Diane Kish, a spokeswoman for Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center.
Moments before Green fell, the show announcer on the public address system mentioned winds were becoming a factor in the performance, reminding the audience about the inherent risk of danger in the stunt maneuvers.
Show-goers who saw the accident initially thought it was a stunt as part of the event, but learned from the show announcer that in fact something had gone horribly wrong.
“There were lots of tears,” said Jennifer Bradley of Linden, Mich., who was at the show with her sons, ages 7 and 11. “We sat and prayed together.”
After a 45-minute delay, the show resumed with a number of planes flying before the event was called off early due to rain at about 3 p.m.
Capt. Penny Carroll, a spokeswoman for the 127th Wing, said she could had not yet talked to command officials who made the decision to keep the show going and could not comment beyond the news release.
Green, a Michigan native, started performing aerial stunts over a quarter century ago. He is the son of aerial stuntman Eddie Green.
Green leaves behind his wfie, Dawn, son Tyler and stepson Derrick.