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Hertford Man Dies in Crop Dusting Plane Crash

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A Hertford, North Carolina (N.C.) man lost his life while crashing his airplane in Perquimans County near the Belvidere area on Friday night. Sheriff Eric Tilley identified the pilot as Jonathon Wilson who was 37 years of age.


According to Sheriff Tilley, the pilot was practicing flying a single-engine thrust crop-duster plane when the plane went down in a cornfield near the 800 block of Swamp Road shortly before 7:30 p.m. that evening.

Although there were no eyewitnesses, a local crop duster said he saw smoke and thought that a plane had crashed, according to Tilley. By the time responders got to the wreckage it was too late. Wilson was declared dead at the scene by Perquimans Emergency Medical Service workers.

The body of the pilot was transported to Albemarle Hospital and his family has been notified. Sheriff Tilley said the National Transportation Safety Board was notified of the accident at 8:30 p.m., which in turn notified the Federal Aviation Administration. Inspectors with the FAA will come to the scene of the wreck on Monday to help determine the true cause of the plane crash.

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