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Funeral plans set for pilot in crop duster crash

Wheatley Fire Chief Chad McClain was killed in a crop duster crash Wednesday, according to family friends. (Source: Family friends) Wheatley Fire Chief Chad McClain was killed in a crop duster crash Wednesday, according to family friends. (Source: Family friends)
ST. FRANCIS COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

The fire chief of an Arkansas town was killed in a crop duster crash Wednesday morning.

Family friends tell our sister station that Wheatley Fire Chief Chad McLain was killed in the crash.

The plane went down in a field off Highway 78 north of Wheatley in St. Francis County, according to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

Friends of McLain say he was a good man. He leaves behind a teenage daughter.

According to the Wheatley Marshal Service on Facebook, McClain had been with the Wheatley Volunteer Fire Department since 1994. He was also a local farmer and agriculture pilot. 

According to an obituary from Bob Neal & Sons Funeral Home in Brinkley, McLain's visitation is set for Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. a the Brinkley First United Methodist Church. That is located at 404 W. Ash Street in Brinkley.

His funeral is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Brinkley First United Methodist Church. He will be interned at Johnston Cemetery in Wheatley.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge also posted her condolences for McLain's family and the Wheatley community on Facebook Wednesday evening.

The FAA is investigating the scene to determine what caused the crash.

Region 8 News will have more information as details emerge. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute updates.

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