Crop duster plane crashes into Duplin County highway

ALBERTSON, N.C. (WNCT) – Duplin County Emergency Manager Reid Southerland tells 9 On Your Side a Cessna crop duster crashed in Albertson around 8:30 am on Saturday morning.

The pilot had just loaded chemicals in the plane and was preparing to fly over a cotton field. He told officials the plane was running a little sluggish before he took off from a private grass strip.

During takeoff the plane hopped over a trailer at the end of the strip. When it leaped the trailer it dipped down and hit the shoulder of the highway and landed into the intersection of Edward Grady Road and Shelton Hardy Lane.

Southerland tells us Edward Grady Rd. was closed but is now reopened. The scene was cleared around 10 a.m

According to the planes owner, the pilot had plenty hours on crop dusting and had been flying for years.

The pilot refused medical treatment when emergency services arrived.

NTSB will be investigating the incident in the coming weeks.

 

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