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Pilot injured after crop duster crashes northeast of Carthage

Posted: Jul. 7, 2014 9:38 pm Updated: Jul. 28, 2014 10:15 pm

CARTHAGE, Ill. — One person was airlifted from the scene with non life-threatening injuries after a crop duster airplane crashed Monday afternoon while attempting to take off from a private airfield northeast of Carthage.

Carthage Fire Chief Eric Shuman said the department was dispatched to the private airfield around 4:15 p.m. and found the plane totaled.

Schuman said the single-engine plane was attempting to take off after it refueled and filled up with chemicals when it didn’t clear the runway, crashing into a cornfield.

The pilot, whose name has not been released, walked away from the scene, but complained of back pain, Schuman said.

The crash is under investigation by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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