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Posted on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 9:35 a.m.

Ann Arbor wing walker died after trying stunt too soon, NTSB says

By Cindy Heflin

Federal investigators have concluded a wing-walking stuntman from Ann Arbor fell to his death after trying to transfer from a plane to a helicopter before the helicopter was in the proper position, MLive reported.

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Todd Green

Todd Green, 48, fell 150 feet to his death during an air show at Selfridge Air Force Base in Macomb County.

The conclusion from the National Transportation Safety Board is consistent with what pilots said happened after the accident.

Green, the son of famous wing walker Eddie "The Grip" Green, had performed the aerial transfer stunt successfully many times during his career.

Green was one of at least three people to die in air show accidents the weekend of Aug. 21.



Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 6:23 p.m.

I've heard that many people go to NASCAR races hoping to see a crash. I imagine that a lot of people who go to air shows are secretly or subconsciously thinking about the possibility of an accident as well. It's thrilling and exciting to watch people perform death-defying stunts like this, but unfortunately death sometimes wins. I have made a conscious decision not to financially support this type of event by not buying tickets. I don't even watch them on TV. People will always take risks, but a lot of these expensive risky behaviors would not be possible without our financial support. Maybe we haven't advanced from the days of the gladiator as much as we think we have.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 6:58 p.m.

wow, you're missing out on Tosh.0 and Ridiculousness!


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 4:17 p.m.

He went out doing what he loved. Doesn't get much better than that. RIP Todd, you will be missed!