1 killed in Branch Co. crop duster crash

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BETHEL TOWNSHIP Mich. (WOOD) — A 25-year-old man was killed when he crashed the crop duster he was flying Saturday afternoon.

The incident happened in a bean field northeast of Kosmerick Road and S. Snow Prairie Road in Bethel Township, southeast of Bronson, just after 5:30 p.m.

Michigan State Police identify Phillip Ching of Middlebury, Indiana, as the victim and say he was crop-dusting the field when he crashed.

Ching worked for Lutes Flying Service Inc., based in Shipshewana, Indiana. 

“He was flying east, went to make his turn, and struck the ground,” MSP Sgt. Todd Price told 24 Hour News 8. “It appears he must have died upon impact.”

Price said witnesses called 911 to report the crash.

An autopsy will be performed.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Board will investigate the crash.

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