Friday, July 29, 2016

Dorchester Pilot Killed In Crop-Duster Crash

Sad news hit the Dorchester area late yesterday.

Authorities say a crop-dusting pilot died Thursday in the crash of the plane he was flying in eastern Nebraska.

The crash was reported just after 3 p.m. Thursday, about three miles northeast of David City.

The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene. The Butler County attorney's office identified him as 37-year-old Ragnar Emrich of Dorchester.

The crash is being investigated.

The Lincoln newspaper reports that Emrich was pronounced dead at the scene at 4 p.m., said Julie Reiter, the Butler County attorney.

Emrich was piloting the Emrich Aerial Spraying plane when it crashed in a cornfield about 70 yards north of County Road 38 and west of the County Road O intersection. A line of trees bordered the east-west road south of the crash site.

The crash was reported by a person who was in the area at about 3:20 p.m.

David City Fire and Rescue personnel made their way to the crash site with an ambulance, but soon moved the vehicle back to the road.

The site was restricted because of the presence of chemicals still in the plane.

Representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were making their way to the scene.

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