Victim identified in crop duster crash

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - According to Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd, a man from Georgia was killed Saturday in a crop duster crash in Craighead County.

The man was identified as Ronald J. Everidge, 27, of Pinehurst, Georgia.

Jonesboro dispatch said Saturday that the crash happened along Highway 226 in Cash around 3 p.m.

According to FAA spokesman Elizabeth Isham Cory, both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash of the AT-602 aircraft.

Craighead County Sheriff's Deputy Bobby Swan took a witness report following the incident.

The witness stated he saw the plane make a "single twist in the air before traveling toward the ground nose first." The crop duster "spun once and then struck the ground."

Cory noted the FAA investigation of a crop duster crash can take a year or more to complete.

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