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Aerobatic Pilot Sean Tucker Bails Out During Flight Practice

Air Show Performer Sean D. Tucker
Air Show Performer Sean D. Tucker

April 5, 2006 — Legendary air show pilot Sean D. Tucker is OK after having to bail out of his Challenger aerobatic biplane on Tuesday morning, while practicing aerobatic maneuvers over Red River Parish, Louisiana.

Tucker's spokesperson, Karl Koeppen told KSLA-TV, "Tucker noticed a mechanical failure shortly after takeoff, and just a short time before his 8,500 foot jump." Koeppen added that "it took Tucker 15 minutes to assess, when he realized it was unsafe to land, he flew until it was empty, and parachuted down."

It's not known yet whether Tucker, one of the world's top air show performers with more than 30 years of aerobatic experience, will fly his scheduled air shows at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-in at Lakeland, Florida, this week.

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