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|Pilot walks away from plane crash|
Around 2:30 p.m. Friday Justin Rials was at home when he heard Shane Hutto's cropduster making crackling sounds overhead. Hutto was dusting some of Rials' 260 acres of cotton just west of Wisner and had been at it since that morning.
"I could hear it spitting and sputtering," Rials said as he stood on a muddy turn row beside a cotton field. "I knew something was wrong, but I couldn't tell what was going on."
Then there was silence. Hutto's motor had gone out.
Rials rode a four wheeler to his own field and didn't see anything. When he went to his neighbor's field he saw Hutto's plane upside down about 50 feet from the turn row.
Miraculously, Hutto was able to walk away from the crash.
Hutto's wife Lacie said he had no serious injuries and called her immediately.
"The lord must have had his hand on him," she said.
"He called me when he got out and I met him at the police station," Mrs. Hutto said.
Tom Horn, who lives nearby, heard the engine go out and knew the plane had gone down. He called 9-11 and Wisner Police Chief Billy Cureington and sheriff's deputy W.H. Sanders responded. They went to the site, picked up Hutto and drove him to the station where an ambulance was waiting.
"It was engine failure," Mrs. Hutto said of the Air Tractor 301. "He was spraying and it just quit."
Hutto's brother, David came to the crash site after making sure Shane was okay. He said when they were boys Shane was fascinated by cropdusting.
"He always loved airplanes. When we were kids he said, 'I'm going to be an ag pilot one day,' " David Hutto said.
Mrs. Hutto said this was his first year in business for himself with Hutto's Flying Service LLC. She said the risk crop dusters take every day is, "just part of it" and he's "hoping to have another plane by the weekend."
ENGINE FAILURE caused this crop duster piloted by Shane Hutto to crash in a cotton field west of Wisner. Hutto, owner of Hutto's Crop Dusting LLC, said the engine quit while he was spraying a nearby field. The plane hit the ground then flipped over. Hutto was not seriously injured in the Friday crash. (Sun photo by Monica Huff)