Crop-Duster Pilot Dies In Crash

A crop-duster pilot died Friday night when his plane crashed while practicing in Perquimans County.

Sheriff Eric Tilley said the pilot was 37-year-old Jonathan Wilson of Hertford, according to The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City.

Tilley said Wilson was practicing using a single-engine thrush crop-duster before the airplane crashed into a cornfield. Tilley said Perquimans EMS personnel found Wilson dead at the scene.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were notified of the accident. Tilley says the FAA plans to send in two investigators Monday.


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  • by Tim Location: Miami, FL on Oct 16, 2009 at 05:47 PM
    I flew with John, he was a good pilot and a good father... Rest in peace Johnny...
  • by Sam Location: The Will on Jul 13, 2009 at 10:50 AM
    May God be with the family and friends of this man at this time! Thoughts and prayers go out to all of them. That is one job that I could never ever see myself getting involved with. VERY Dangerous!
  • by dale Location: walstonburg on Jul 12, 2009 at 08:42 PM
    My father died at the same age doing the same thing.I know of two people that died doing what they loved doing.both of you are my heroes.have fun Daddy and jonathan.
  • by Cactus Location: Phoenix on Jul 12, 2009 at 08:39 PM
    Your AWA brothers and sisters are raising their glasses in a toast tonight to you Jon - Godspeed!
  • by AG Pilot Location: Beaufort Co. on Jul 12, 2009 at 06:58 PM
    May God shine his light on him and his family. I'm sure he was doing what he loved. Rest in peace.
  • by Chris Location: Windsor on Jul 11, 2009 at 05:09 PM
    Strange news.. I was travelling Hwy 64 wednsday near Plymouth, Comlumbia area and saw a yellow crop duster spraying or practise spraying. He was dangerously close to the power lines and the field on a few passes, I thought "I would stroke out if I was in the plane"! My thoughts are with the family and friends, RIP Pilot!
  • by Jessica on Jul 11, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    May God be with his family.
  • by Ozone Location: Belhaven on Jul 11, 2009 at 03:03 PM
    That is one dangerous job..I have seen them come real close to power lines at the end of fields. RIP
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 11, 2009 at 01:10 PM
    Crop dusting has got to be one of the mot dangerous jobs ever.I have seen them fly under powerlines on many occasions.
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