Two stunt pilots survived a plane crash caused by engine trouble at an air show in Texas on Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Stunned onlookers at the Air Fiesta show watched as the plane plummeted, leaving a white trail behind as it dove toward a wooded area near an airport in Brownsville, Texas.
The stunt team onboard — married couple Kyle and Amanda Franklin — “suffered severe burns following the crash,” according to a statement on the air show’s website.
They were in the middle of a wing-walking act when the engine problems began, FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.
“The female wing-walker was able to get back into the airplane, but the plane crashed into a thicket near the runway,” Lunsford said.
It was almost a case of history repeating itself, because both Kyle and Amanda’s fathers – who were stunt pilots – died in a mid-air collision six years ago.
Spectator Audria West told Action 4 News: ‘They said something about the engine shutting down, that [the pilot] was coming down at a slope and he couldn’t get back up,
“I actually cried – it was a little traumatizing just to be so excited and then to see that happen. I mean, I’m sure it happens, but it was a horrible experience.’
Amanda, who suffered severe burns throughout her body was rushed to a San Antonio hospital, with pilot Kyle taken to a local hospital.
Just days before the fateful accident in their 1940 Waco plane they call the Mystery Ship, daubed with skull and crossbones, Amanda told the Brownsville Herald: ‘We both have such a passion for flying. It’s in our blood.