July 13, 2018 1:46 pm
Updated: January 25, 2019 3:23 pm

Pilot dead after 2nd crop dusting crash in Saskatchewan in a week

The Transportation Safety of Canada says the plane went down Thursday near the community of Arborfield, Sask.

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UPDATE: TSB unable to determine cause of fatal crop-dusting plane crash near Arborfield, Sask.

A crop duster pilot has been killed in a fiery plane crash in Saskatchewan.

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The Transportation Safety of Canada said the plane – a Cessna C-188B Agtruck – went down Thursday near the community of Arborfield, about 260 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.

READ MORE: Helicopter spraying field crashes in western Saskatchewan

The board said there was a fire upon impact.

The pilot’s name has not been released.

The exact time and location of the crash were not immediately available, but a board spokeswoman said the agency was notified of the accident around 8:30 p.m. ET.

Board investigators were expected to arrive at the scene Friday.

READ MORE: Crop duster plane crashes north of Aberdeen, Sask.

The crash is the second one in Saskatchewan this week involving a crop duster.

On Tuesday, a pilot was injured when the helicopter he was using to spray a field struck a power line and crashed in the rural municipality of Eye Hill in western Saskatchewan.

Last week, the pilot of a crop-dusting plane suffered minor injuries when his aircraft plunged into a swamp after encountering strong winds while trying to land at the airport in Russell, Man.

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