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Aerobatics Act That Wowed St. Cloud Crowds Crashes at Texas Air Show

Franklin's Flying Circus
Stefan Presslein via Great Minnesota Air Show Facebook page

A husband and wife aerobatics team who brought their wing-walking act to St. Cloud last year are hospitalized with burns and other injuries after a fiery crash-landing Saturday in Texas.

Amanda and Kyle Franklin
Amanda and Kyle Franklin in a 2010 publicity photo.

Kyle and Amanda Franklin of Franklin’s Flying Circus were performing in their first air show of the season in Texas when their plane’s engine caught fire.

Amanda — who was wing-walking — was able to get back in the plane and Kyle — who was piloting — crash-landed his bi-plane at the Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport.

From the Houston Chronicle’s coverage:

Kyle and Amanda Franklin were airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio after the Saturday accident.

Airshow spokesman Chris Hughston says doctors listed Amanda Franklin in critical condition but are “cautiously optimistic” of her recovery, while Kyle Franklin is in stable condition.

UPDATE:  And from the Fox TV station in Houston, this update on Monday:

Officials from the show, which continued Sunday despite Saturday’s shocking crash, told the Brownsville Herald the injuries suffered by Amanda Franklin were not as severe as first thought, but she remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Her husband, Kyle Franklin, who was piloting the plane as his wife walked on the wing, was in better health, Chris Hughston, operations officer of the Rio Grande Valley Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, said.

“Her chances of survival are increasing by the hour,” Hughston said. “But she still has a long way to go … Kyle is gonna be OK.”

The Franklins were one of the acts at last summer’s Great Minnesota Air Show in St. Cloud. Their iconic wing-walking act is a favorite at air shows and is often photographed.

Their crash-landing Saturday was captured on video.

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