Pilot seriously hurt in crop duster plane crash in Rice County

Published: Aug. 25, 2016 at 2:23 PM CDT
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UPDATE: The Kansas Highway Patrol says the pilot of a 1968 Piper fixed wing aircraft was injured in a Thursday afternoon crop duster plane crash in Rice County.

The KHP says the plane was in the process of spraying pesticide on a crop field, when for unknown reasons, the motor stalled. The pilot, 51-year-old Brad S. Fitchett, of Ellsworth, attempted an emergency landing, skidding more than 180 feet through the field when the plane flipped on its top.

Fitchett was transported to the Great Bend Regional Hospital before being transferred to Via Christi St. Francis hospital in Wichita where he's listed in serious condition.


Emergency crews are on the scene of a crop duster crash in Rice County. It happened at around 12:40 near Avenue B and 5th Road.

Rice County EMS and the Bushton Fire Department responded to the scene.

No word on the condition of the pilot.

Eyewitness News is following this story, watch for updates as we get them.