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Arkansas fire chief killed in crop duster plane crash

Chad McClain (Photo courtesy of KAIT)

A volunteer fire chief was killed when a crop dusting plane he was flying crashed Wednesday morning in Arkansas.

Family members identified the pilot as Chad Mclain, 41, of Wheatley, according to KATV content partner KAIT Region 8 News. McClain was a farmer, agriculture pilot and chief of the Wheatley Volunteer Fire Department. He joined the department in 1994, the TV station reported.

Authorities said McClain's plane went down in St. Francis County just off of Highway 78. Wreckage was found about one mile north of Interstate 40 in a wooded area.

McClain pronounced dead at the scene around 7:30 a.m. .

The crash occurred in St. Francis County just off of Highway 78 about one mile north of Interstate 40 in a wooded area.

McLain's body will be sent to the state examiner for further investigation into the cause of death.



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