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Saturday, 28 May 2011 10:20

Amanda and Kyle FranklinMay 27, 2011 - Late Friday evening, airshow star Amanda Younkin Franklin succumbed to the severe burns and internal injuries suffered in an airshow mishap March 12.  She was being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX.

Amanda and her husband Kyle Franklin were performing their stunt flying and wingwalking act, "Pirated Skies," at Air Fiesta 2011 in Brownsville, TX.  During their performance, while Amanda was on the top wing, their plane's engine failed, forcing pilot Kyle to crash land in trees beside the runway.  Amanda returned to the cockpit before crashing.  Both were severely injured in the accident.  Kyle is recovering well from his injuries, and has been at Amanda's side daily during her ordeal.

Amanda was a graceful, talented, and beautiful performer in the air show circuit, and is sadly missed.  Both she and Kyle are members of airshow families.  Their fathers, Jimmy Franklin and Bobby Younkin died in a 2005 airshow collision in Saskatchewan, Canada.  Amanda's brother, Matt Younkin is an active performer in the airshow circuit.

More information is available in this AOPA Online article.

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