A crop dusting plane crash lands near Udall

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By Shane Farley
May 5, 2013 - 9:22:59 pm

A crop dusting plane crash landed in a field in rural Udall Sunday evening. No injuries were reported.

Just before 6 p.m., authorities were called to an area near 31st Rd. and 2nd Rd. northeast of Udall for a report a plane had struck utility lines. The pilot escaped without injury, however the aircraft was said to have sustained damage, officers at the scene said.

50-year-old Michael L. Woodruff, of Satanta, was flying the 1999 fixed-wing, single-engine Air Tractor plane, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

He was elevating to avoid a set of powerlines and struck a second set of lines he had not seen. Woodruff was wearing a safety restraint at the time of the crash.

There was concern about the possibility of fuel leaking from the plane. The site of the crash was in a pasture along 12th Rd. just west of 31st Rd.

Cowley Sheriff’s officers, emergency management personnel and Udall emergency responders were at the scene. FAA officials were also called.

The plane is owned and operated by Mattern Spray Service.

Udall fire officials said more crop spraying planes will be in the area treating wheat with fungicide. It's been too wet so far to use more common spray methods.

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