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Posted on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 7:22 a.m.

Deceased wing walker's act included failed attempts, announcer says

By Cindy Heflin

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Wing walker Todd Green from Ann Arbor makes the second of two attempts to transfer from a biplane to a helicopter during an air show Sunday at Selfridge Air National Guard base. Green later fell to his death.

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Todd Green, a wing walker from Ann Arbor, made multiple attempts to complete his stunt before falling to his death Sunday as part of a show designed to heighten the drama for spectators, an announcer told the Detroit Free Press.

Talk about danger posed by the wind was also part of the act, the announcer said.


Todd Green

Meanwhile, no cause for the accident had been determined as of Monday night, the newspaper said, but theories ranged from a problem caused by the wind to something to do with a large bird that was near the biplane Green was standing on as he tried to grab a helicopter skid.

Green, 48, the son of famous wing walker Eddie "The Grip" Green, fell about 200 feet to his death.

He had successfully performed the stunt in which he moved from the fuselage of the biplane to the helicopter several times before.

The FAA is investigating the accident.



Wed, Aug 24, 2011 : 2:26 a.m.

As someone who is afraid of heights and is not much of a risk taker , I wish to thank Todd Green posthumously for what he did. He was in awsome physical shape, he lived life to the fullest and he thrilled crowds to no end. He died doing what he wanted to do, he made his living doing what he wanted to do. I admire his dreams to follow this risky life-style and I do pray (not in a judging fashion) that God can comfort his family in their time of need.


Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 7:26 p.m.

I think this is enough Let the family grieve. Not only is your article speculation, it is not even your article. It is from the Free Press. A whole article to let people know that he had several failed attempts... smh.

Charlie Brown's Ghost

Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 1:32 p.m.

Isn't this speculating on the cause of a tragic death?


Tue, Aug 23, 2011 : 4:52 p.m.

They are allowed to violate their own rules when it comes to stories, just not in the comments. The benefit of hypocrisy is that you can break your own rules but bludgeon other with them at your convenience.