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Crop duster airplane crashes in Hancock Co.

One man is lucky to be alive after a plane crash near Carthage, Illinois Monday afternoon.

Carthage Fire Chief Eric Shuman says crews were called out to 1945 N County Road 2350 at about 4:15 p.m. Shuman said they found a crop duster airplane had crashed in a corn field.

The pilot, who Shuman said is not local, was transported to a hospital by air ambulance. Shuman says it appeared the pilot had non life-threatening injuries.

Shuman said the single-engine airplane was in pieces, with the engine ripped off.

Property owner Steve Harris witnessed the accident.   He can't believe anyone would be able to survive the wreckage.

"He just went to take off and he had about 400 gallons of liquid on him, and he couldn't quite get off the ground," Harris said. "He just couldn't get off the ground.  He hit the dirt pile there and flipped his plane and rolled."

Harris said the pilot walked away from the wreckage.

The Hancock County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation. Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration are also expected to be involved.

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