Crop duster crashes near Huntingburg

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A crop duster crashed after 10:30 a.m. this morning near the lake at the Huntingburg Conservation Club.

Herald Staff Writer

Herald Staff Writer

HUNTINGBURG — Authorities were notified at 10:36 a.m. today that an aircraft had gone down at the Huntingburg Conservation Club, 8727 W. 100W, southeast of Huntingburg.

The crop duster that crashed by the conservation club lake had only one occupant, the pilot. He was injured, but there was no immediate word on the scope or severity of his injuries.

Indiana State Police said no one else on the ground was hurt from the crash.

An ambulance pulled away from the scene at about 11:30 a.m., amid a crush of other emergency vehicles. The injured pilot was then airlifted by a LifeFlight helicopter that came to the Huntingburg Airport.

The white and red plane that stopped about 35 or 40 feet from the 12-acre lake bore heavy damage.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory said the FAA would not identify the pilot. The plane was an Air Tractor AT-802A registered to Milhon Air Inc., Martinsville, according to information provided through the FAA.

A spokesman at Milhon Air declined comment on the crash or the pilot’s condition. State police said a Milhon representative had been on the scene Friday.

The single-engine AT-802A has a 59.2-foot wingspan. The aircraft can carry 254 gallons of fuel and hold 800 gallons of liquid in its crop duster hopper.

Milhon Air operates from a private facility with a 3,000-foot runway north of Martinsville. The company’s Web site says Milhon had over 25 years of accident- and violation-free flying.

The Huntingburg crash downed a Vectren transmission line dropping it onto Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative lines at the scene.

Other responding units included the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Federal Aviation Administration, Huntingburg’s police and municipal utilities departments, Indiana State Police, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services, the St. Henry Volunteer Fire Department and Huntingburg Airport staff.

State police secured the scene to keep media and other onlookers back this morning.

Herald Staff Reporter Tony Raap contributed to this report.

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