GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – Two crop-dusting planes collided in mid-air in southwest Greene County around 11:15 Wednesday morning, killing one pilot and injuring another.
Sheriff Dan Langston says Thursday that pilot Tony Miles was killed in the collision. He was piloting the plane going south to north. The sheriff states the other pilot Harvey Songer received surgery at the Med in Memphis Thursday morning. Songer's condition is unknown at this time.
According to the Greene County Sheriff's Department, the two planes collided somewhere near the intersection of Greene County Road 322 and Highway 168. One of the planes was located about 300 yards away from the other.
Greene County Sheriff Dan Langston said one plane was flying south to north when the propeller clipped the wing of the plane going east to west.
Sheriff Langston told Region 8 News that one of the pilots was with the Miles Flying Service, and the other was operating out of Beech Grove.
Sheriff Langston said it appears the crop-dusters turned into each other near the southeast corner of the fields they were dusting.
The FAA has already been on site and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating. A recovery team from Clinton, Arkansas is trying to piece the planes back together for continued investigation as of Thursday afternoon.
Region 8 News will continue to track this story and bring you any new developments.