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Crop dusting accident claims life of volunteer fire chief

Wheatley, Arkansas, Volunteer Fire Chief Chad Mclain was killed earlier this month in a crop duster crash in St. Francis County about 70 miles east of Little Rock, the Wheatley Fire Service reported. The plane went down the morning of July 11 in a field off Highway 78 north of Wheatley. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management is supporting the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the investigation. Chief Mclain, 42, had been a member of the Wheatley Volunteer Fire Department since 1994, and was a local farmer and agriculture pilot for Chism Flying Service. His plane was spotted going ... Read More

Second crop duster crash in OK reported in less than a month

A man died when the crop duster he was flying struck a radio tower, sending his aircraft into a field just north of Enid. State and federal agencies are investigating the crash, which is eerily similar to another crop dusting accident that occurred in the area just last month. Rodney Sherry, 52, was working for Deterding Aerial Spray based in Pond Creek, Oklahoma. The plane he was flying was owned by Jim Deterding. In late May, Deterding’s brother Andrew Deterding was killed when the crop duster he was piloting for another company struck a radio tower. The radio tower that ... Read More