CHENEYVILLE, La. (KLFY) — A crop duster crash along Interstate 49 on Tuesday, Aug. 2 has claimed the life of the pilot, according to Louisiana State Police Troop E.
The crash occurred on the northbound exit ramp at Exit 56.
Witnesses told state troopers that they saw the plane turn and nose dive to the ground at around noon today.
The Federal Aviation Administration has identified the craft as an Air Tractor AT-502 (registered as N9184Q), though the name of the pilot has yet to be released.
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Spokeswoman Jennifer Gabris told News 10 that officials will be on the scene starting Aug. 3 and will publish their first preliminary report by the middle of the month.
“Part of the investigation will be to request radar data, weather information, maintenance records and the pilot’s medical records,” stated Gabris. “NTSB investigators will look at the human, machine and environment as the outline of the investigation.”
Gabris said investigations of this nature usually take between one and two years to complete.
Video was obtained by KALB in Alexandria.
This post will be updated as more information becomes available.