Crop duster pilot killed in crash

Published 2:35 pm Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The pilot of a crop duster plane was killed Tuesday afternoon when the plane crashed in a peanut field off of Yates Spring Road in Decatur County.

Sgt. Liz Croley of the Sheriff’s Office identified the deceased pilot as 31-year-old Aaron Robert Green of Troutdale, Ore.

Reports of a plane going down in the field south of Brinson came in to Decatur County E-911 shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

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The plane came to rest upright in a field located approximately two miles south of the intersection of Georgia 310 and U.S. 84 West at Brinson.

Fire and Rescue Chief Charlie McCann said firefighters did not have to put out any flames when they arrived at the crash scene.

Billy Howell, owner of a local crop dusting school at the Decatur County Airport, said the pilot was one of his students. The plane was an Air Tractor AT-301, a fixed-wing single-engine plane manufactured during the 1970s.

Howell’s agricultural flight training school, AG-Flight, has been in operation at the Industrial Air Park since 1983, according to the school’s Web site.

Multiple agencies responded to the crash, including the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, Fire and Rescue and the Georgia State Patrol. The site of the crash was in a field owned by Gene Singleton of Brinson, who said he was leasing it out for peanut farming.

Decatur County Deputy Coroner Kenny Hollis was called to the scene.

The Sheriff’s Office contacted the Federal Aviation Administration regarding the crash.