1 dead in pesticide plane crash in Davao

Subscribe Now November 20, 2011 at 09:00am

A light plane used for spraying pesticides crashed over a banana plantation in southern Philippines early Friday, killing its pilot, police said. Captain Napoleon Emia died of his injuries when the single- engine crop duster crashed over Datu Abdul village, Panabo City, in Davao del Norte province past 8 a.m., according to Superintendent Glen Cristenes, provincial police information officer.

Initial investigation revealed the light plane with body number RP-R 1272 was on its way to conduct spraying runs over the plantation owned by a food corporation when it went down minutes after taking off, Cristenes told Xinhua by mobile phone.

"Employees who rushed to the crash site pulled the pilot out of the wreckage and brought him to a local hospital but he was declared dead upon arrival by physicians," Cristenes said, adding an investigation into the incident was being conducted by local police.

Friday's disaster was the second in a week. Exactly a week to the day, another pesticide spraying plane went down in Montevista, Compostela Valley province. The pilot survived.

Source: philstar.com

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