Inside YouTube Search: Airshow Tragedy

August 22, 2011

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The top rising search terms on YouTube this morning as well as last night revolve around an air show incident at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Michigan Sunday. Todd Green, wing-walker and stuntman, fell 200 feet and died during a mid-air stunt involving a helicopter and biplane.

Bystanders who were filming the stunt accidentally captured footage of the tragic moment. Update: Here's a news report containing some of that video:

Sadly, this was not the only air show tragedy to take place this weekend or draw significant interest on YouTube. A second stunt-gone-wrong occurred in Kansas city where pilot Bryan Jensen was killed after his biplane crashed during a performance.

Another angle.