Report Confirms Cause of Deadly Crop Duster Crash

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HARLINGEN – A new report confirms why a crop duster went down in Harlingen, killing the pilot.  

The report by the National Transportation Safety Board explains what happened on April 9.

The crop duster was on its way to spray a newly-planted cotton field; the pilot was carrying about 170 gallons of jet fuel and 75 gallons of Malathion pesticide.

After the fire was put out, two high-voltage cables were found clinging on to the plane – one wrapped around the engine and the other around part of a wing carry-through structure.

The pilot had 25,000 total hours of flight experience and no previous accidents, incidents or enforcement proceedings on his record.

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