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Federal investigators look for cause of crash

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By Bert Case - bio | email

MADISON COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board personnel are investigating the airplane crash in rural Madison County.

The air tractor crop duster went down into a wooded area about seven tenths of a mile east of the intersection of Sharon and Renfroe roads, east of Canton, about 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The airplane caught on fire on impact and the pilot was killed instantly. He was identified by a friend as Greg Arnold of Demopolis, Alabama.

Arnold was very close to a field on Highway 43 in Madison County, just west of the Natchez Trace. Eyewitnesses said they saw the airplane go into a spin and go straight down.

"A single engine crop duster, one passenger, one dead" said Madison County EOC Director Butch Hammack. "As you can see from the footage behind us, the plane was engulfed in flames when we arrived. The pilot died instantly."

The crash site was immediately sealed off by the FAA and the NTSB.

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