Crop dusting pilot critically injured in Kent County crash

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The Delaware State Police, Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Boardare continuing their investigation intoan aircraft crash that critically injured the pilot.

The crash occurred southwest of Sandtown, Kent County,

The preliminary investigation determined that the accident occurred at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday as Robert E. Waring, 52 of Carlisle, PA, was flying a1964 Grumman G-164 fixed wing single enginecrop dusterover a corn field in the 900 block of Mahan Corner Road (Papen Farms). After spraying the corn, Waring began to pull the plane up and clipped some electrical wires on the west side of the roadway. This caused the pilot to lose control of the aircraft and crash into a bean field on the west side of Mahan Corner Road.

After spraying the corn, Waring’s plane pulled up and clipped some electrical wires on the west side of the road. This caused the pilot to lose control of the aircraft and crash into a bean field on the west side of Mahan Corner Road.

Robert Waringwas extricated from the aircraft by members of the Marydel Fire Company and transported by EMS to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital before being flown to Christiana Medical Center where he is currently listed in critical condition.

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and the State Department of Agriculture were called to the scene due to the pesticides and insecticides that were being carried on the aircraft.

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