Crop duster pilot killed in crash

By The Associated Press

MINTER CITY — A crop duster pilot killed Tuesday was not spraying chemicals when his plane crashed, according to Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks.

“At this time, we are not sure of what caused the crash,” Banks told the Greenwood Commonwealth. “It was foggy around there at that time, but we are not sure if that was the cause.”

The crash site was in a remote field near Minter City in northwest Leflore County.

The sheriff said the pilot has been identified as Gene McCreary, 60, of Cleveland.

Banks said McCreary was not spraying any chemicals but moving the plane from Cleveland to Glendora.

McCreary was employed by Sturdivant Brothers Flying Service of Sunnyside.

Sykes Sturdivant, who runs the flying service, described McCreary as a “very experienced pilot” with between 25,000 and 30,000 hours of agricultural flying experience.

McCreary at one time owned his own flying service in Rosedale, Sturdivant said.

Deputy Leflore County Coroner Will Gnemi said the body was being taken to Jackson for an autopsy.